Super Moist Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Updated on March 19, 2016

An Amazing and Moist Recipe that is super quick!

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 don't really want to slather it on something to make it less dry, but rather to enhance the flavor.

After we made this recipe I was hooked! First off, it was super easy. 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 butter will just make it taste that much better, if you desire. 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!

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

3.5 stars from 280 ratings of Irish Soda Bread


  • 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 oven to 350 degrees
  2. Measure all ingredients and place into a large bowl.
  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.

Add all ingredients to the bowl

Mix the dough until combined

Place dough in pan and sprinkle with sugar

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour

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 Tbsp lemon juice - Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.
  • 1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp vinegar (white, apple cider or rice vinegar) - Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.
  • 1 cup milk + 1/2 Tbsp 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.

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        2 days ago

        Nothing but raves from the crowd!

        Followed the recipe to a “T” and it was fabulous.

        Not at all dry, moist with great flavor.

        Mmmm Mmmm Good!

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        3 days ago

        Turned out great. I soaked the raisins over night to plump them. I also Cut a cross into the top

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        3 days ago

        This was the first time I ever made an Irish Soda Bread and I chose your recipe. It came out absolutely delicious and I will be making every St. Patrick’s day and sharing with my family and friends! Thank you!!!

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        4 days ago

        I found that using the round pan by the time the center was cooked the outside was overdone, Sooooo I experimented using an angel food pan...……..Did the trick!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        10 days ago

        I don't know why American bakeries insist on making Soda bread so HORRIBLY dry!

        Definitely not the way it is in Ireland. I wish friends that have come to US and sampled it out somewhere definitely say it's not how the soda bread in Ireland is made. They asked me WHY it's so dry here.... answer....Good question!?

        It's not supposed to be like a cake but should be soft like our fresh baked breads!

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        13 days ago

        This has been my "go to" recipe for 3 years now! It's the moistest recipe I have tried (shhhh don't tell my Irish Nana) I make two batches. One without raisins and the other with dried cranberries for an extra sweetness and because my family doesn't really like raisins. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to baking this next week for St. Patty's Day!!

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        5 months ago

        Great suggestions! Thank you! I also discovered the powdered buttermilk, it is great for when it is hard to find in stores!

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        5 months ago from Colorado

        Learn to use the powdered buttermilk . One can use it in chocolate cake recipes to keep them moist and not so dry . Use to use it in my wedding cakes. Also do not trust the temp gauge on your oven . Buy a separate oven thermometer to keep your temp. correct ; not to hot or cold .

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        Kathy luettke 

        11 months ago

        Tried the moist Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's day party. It was wonderful, got rave reviews. Though I did make the distinction between soda bread and this recipe, moist bread falls under tea cake category. But it was really nice. Thanks for a good recipe to make and share.

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        12 months ago

        This was a rock! Crap!

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        22 months ago

        Any idea on baking time for muffin version?

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        2 years ago

        Best Irish Soda bread I have ever made. Perfect recipe!

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        2 years ago

        Elsie, yes I just mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon. I don't use a mixer. Enjoy!

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        2 years ago

        Best Irish Bread that I have ever had!

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        2 years ago

        Do you mix ingredients with wooden spoon or mixer

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        2 years ago

        For someone who is not a seasoned baker some more detailed directions would be very helpful.


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