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Irish Soda Bread

This traditional Irish soda bread is easy and a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish Soda Bread
Servings: 1 Loaf
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine softened
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Extra butter or margarine for basting


  • Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until resembles fine crumbs.. (I use a fork to do this.Some people us a pastry blender)
  • Stir in raisins and buttermilk. (I soak my raisins in boiling water for 30 minutes but this is not necessary).
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times until smooth. Shape into a round loaf. Place on a sprayed cookie sheet.
  • Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep into the top of the loaf. Baste the loaf with melted butter before baking and again a couple of times while baking. Cook in preheated 375 degree oven 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.


Legend says the cross or X is cut into the top of the bread to ward off evil spirits. Don’t leave the X off!!!