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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon and all of us will embrace any Irish ancestry we can find in our lineage, even if we have to go back many generations to find it. My husband and I both have Irish ancestors. His come from a noble line; mine are Black Irish. For us, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to pass on a little of our heritage as well as celebrate the life of St. Patrick. We read books about St. Patrick and read St. Patrick’s prayer at dinner.

Irish Soda Bread - perfect for St. Patrick's Day celebrations

This Irish Soda Bread would make a lovely addition to  Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Irish Soda Bread
Recipe type: Bread
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 8
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cold
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper - alternatively you can use a cast iron pan.
  3. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  4. With two knives or a paddle attachment on a stand mixer, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is mixed in well then mix in raisins.
  5. Create a well in the mixture and pour in your egg and buttermilk. Stir the dry ingredients into the liquid slowly with a wooden spoon until it is solid enough to kneed.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and kneed together to form a ball, careful not to over-kneed the dough. The dough should remain somewhat shaggy looking. If you are using a sheet pan the more circular the better as the bread will spread out a bit while baking.
  7. Transfer the dough to your sheet pan and use a large knife to cut an X into the dough about 1 inch deep.
  8. Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. If you are using a cast iron pan it will most likely take 55 minutes as it takes longer to heat up than a baking sheet. The bread should sound hollow when tapped.
  9. Remove to a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

DIY Chenille Shamrocks

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Pressure Cooker

Thanks to Elizabeth of Frugal Mom Eh! for sharing her recipe with me.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Could you please share St. Patrick’s prayer that you referred to above?
    The soda bread us lovely!


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