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Super Moist Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I love trying out new cooking methods for tried and true foods such as soda bread.

The final product, sprinkled with sugar!

The final product, sprinkled with sugar!

An Amazing and Moist Recipe

A very long time ago I used to work with a lovely Irish woman who was a teacher. We worked together in a Pre-K. She decided that we were going to make Irish Soda Bread with the children one day for St. Patrick's Day. I have had this recipe ever since because this recipe BLEW ME AWAY!!! I was never really a fan of Irish Soda Bread because it always seemed dry and you needed to slather it with butter to overcome the dryness. Now I, like most others adore butter. However, I don't really want to slather it on something to make it less dry, but rather use it to enhance the flavor.

So Easy to Make!

After we made this recipe I was hooked! First off, it was super easy to make. You basically just combine the ingredients, mix and then bake. Second, it is good all on its own! Yup, that's right, no butter needed! Of course, the butter will just make it taste that much better. However, it really isn't needed. This is a great recipe to make with kids because it is super easy. Just measure, mix, bake and enjoy. This is a perfect side to go with your delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's Day, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 sick butter, melted
  • sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure all ingredients and place them into a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Spray a round baking pan (8" or 9" will do). (If you don't have one you can just shape the dough on a cookie sheet.)
  4. Place the dough into the pan.
  5. Sprinkle the top with sugar.
  6. Place into the preheated oven and bake for approximately 1 hour. Insert a toothpick or cake tester into the center to check to see if it is done. The toothpick should come out clean with no dough on it.
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Tips and Tricks

If you don't have buttermilk at home you can substitute the following for each cup of buttermilk:

  • 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice: Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.
  • 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar (white, apple cider or rice vinegar): Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.
  • 1 cup milk + 1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar: Mix well to dissolve the cream of tartar.

Or you can just keep on hand the powdered variety which works great! I have used it many times and it is perfect.

Best when served warm but this bread is great for days—if it lasts that long.

Enjoy with some butter or plain.

Try making smaller versions by using a muffin tin or brownie pan.

Tell me what you think! If you tried it, please rate it . . .

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