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 128 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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      Kristina 3 days ago

      This was a rock! Crap!

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      Nic 10 months ago

      Any idea on baking time for muffin version?

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      Maggie 12 months ago

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

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      savenlives 12 months ago

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

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      Eileen 12 months ago

      Best Irish Bread that I have ever had!

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      Elsie 12 months ago

      Do you mix ingredients with wooden spoon or mixer

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      KB 12 months ago

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