Irish Soda Bread

irish soda bread Side Dish
Irish Soda Bread
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 14

Easy Irish Soda Bread will become a kitchen staple once you enjoy a slice of this dense and hearty bread. Our Irish Soda Bread recipe is made with pantry staples including Gold Medal™ All-Purpose Flour, buttermilk and raisins if you're looking for a sweet pop of flavor. Irish Soda Bread is great comfort food, especially with the addition of butter or your favorite jam.

Updated January 22, 2021
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour


  • 3
    tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 1/2
    cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon baking soda
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/3
    cup raisins, if desired
  • 3/4
    cup buttermilk


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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet.
  • 2
    Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in raisins and just enough buttermilk so dough leaves side of bowl.
  • 3
    Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into round loaf, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.
  • 4
    Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter or margarine, softened, if desired.

  • Why the "X" on top of Irish soda bread? Legend tells us that this cross is meant to scare away evil spirits. Spooky!
  • Use the "whack" method to soften butter and margarine: Give each side of the chilled stick a good "whack" with a rolling pin.
  • Looking for a gluten-free version? Check out our recipe for Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread, made with Betty Crocker™ All-Purpose Gluten-Free Rice Flour Blend and gluten-free baking powder.
  • Keep the comfort cooking coming! If you have any leftover Irish Soda Bread use it to clean the bowl when you make Easy Shepherd's Pie Bowls. It's an unbeatable weeknight dinner.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
10 mg
240 mg
50 mg
Total Carbohydrate
19 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
3 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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