Irish Soda Bread


Kick off St. Patty's day (or any day) with a loaf of Irish soda bread. This soda bread recipe is a tried-and-true favorite quick bread that will pair perfectly with corned beef dinners as well as your morning toast. For a whole wheat version of soda bread, substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour.

Irish Soda Bread
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 loaf


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 3 tablespoon margarine or butter

  • ¼ cup raisins (optional)

  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Cut in margarine or butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins, if desired. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

  2. In a small mixing bowl combine egg white and buttermilk. Add all at once to dry mixture. Stir just until moistened.

  3. On a lightly floured surface knead dough 10 to 12 strokes until nearly smooth. Shape into a 7-inch round loaf.

  4. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray Place bread dough on baking sheet. With a sharp knife, make 2 slashes in the top to form an X.

  5. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 30 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Makes 1 loaf (16 servings).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
2g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Protein 2g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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