Irish Soda Bread

close-up photo of sliced soda bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This weekend I made some Irish soda bread to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
photo of a loaf of irish soda bread
Irish soda bread is so easy to make. If I had buttermilk on hand all the time I’d probably make it more often. One of the reasons I really love Irish soda bread is that it has a yeast bread like texture without having to use any yeast. It’s simple to make like a quick bread, but yields a taste of a yeast bread (though a little more crumbly and delicate since there is no yeast). Instead of yeast, it relies on baking soda for the rise.
photo of a loaf of bread in a pan
All you have to do is dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, mix a few times, and it’s ready to go in the oven. Normally Irish soda bread is made as one big round bread with a crisscross on top to ward off evil. I used a recipe that made it into a loaf form.
Irish soda bread in a loaf pan
The bread comes out soft, moist and a little sweet. The taste of buttermilk is pretty strong as well. Yummy.

Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 10 slices
This Irish soda bread comes out soft, moist and a little sweet.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter melted


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. (The batter should be a bit lumpy and will come together and be more smooth after adding butter)
  3. Stir in butter. (The mixture should be smooth after blending the butter.) Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


Recipe source: All Recipes

Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 457mg20%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 1.9mg11%
Net Carbs 37g74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

6 comments on “Irish Soda Bread”

  1. Looks delicious, love the photos too! Have a fun St. Patrick’s Day 🙂

  2. Happy St. Pats! My sister used to make this all the time. She used a circular pan so it was like a massive (heavy) loaf. Yumm.

  3. 5 stars
    This looks good! I don’t like the “traditional” irish soda bread… at least not the ones I’ve tasted thus far. A few days ago I made Barefoot Contessa’s Guinness Irish Soda Bread and it’s really good! Your receipe here reminds me of hers. And since you have said you like baking with Guinness beer, I’ll include a link to the recipe:

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