Sliced Irish Soda Bread.

Irish Soda Bread

Want a delicious quick bread that requires no kneading, rising, or effort? Then you’ll love this Irish Soda Bread that’s dense, slightly sweet, and delicious. It’s easy to prepare and comes together in about an hour.
Course Bread
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword Bread, Soda Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author Natalie


  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt recommended: Diamond Crystal
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1 ½ cups raisins or currants
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup flour for dusting


  • Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • Cut in butter using fingers, fork, or pastry cutter until it resembles coarse meal. Add in the currants or raisins and mix to coat and distribute.
  • Use a fork to lightly beat the eggs with the buttermilk together in the measuring cup.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and slowly pour in the buttermilk while using a fork or spatula to mix in the flour.
  • Sprinkle counter or board with the ¼ cup of dusting flour.
  • Transfer dough onto counter or board and gather together to form round loaf. Dough will be sticky but the additional flour should be enough to form dough into a round loaf. You don’t have to knead the dough, rather gather it together to form a round. You may not need all of the flour and that’s okay. Place onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Cut an X across the top with a sharp knife or your scraper. Be careful not to cut too deep.
  • Bake for 35 - 40 minutes. Allow bread to cool before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature slathered with sweet cream butter. Enjoy.


This bread freezes well. Wrap tightly in plastic then wrap in foil. To defrost, let sit out or warm in oven.
Recipe can be halved. I have made a half recipe and baked it in my toaster oven.