Myra’s Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread sliced

If the idea of baking bread at home frightens you because of the yeast, this traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe is the perfect bread recipe for you.




  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Grease a 9-inch round pan with butter and set aside
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Toss mixture with hands – this makes it light and airy
  3. Add softened butter to the flour mixture, still using hands, and blend until evenly distributed. Mixture will resemble coarse sand with some large clumps
  4. Add raisins and caraway seeds, if using, and toss with hands
  5. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, beat the eggs with a fork. Add the buttermilk and blend well. Pour the egg/buttermilk mixture into the dry flour mixture a little at a time. Blend well with a wooden spoon just until no dry spots remain. Do not overmix. At this point, the dough should be heavy but not soupy or overly wet. If it is, add a little flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it’s too dry, add a little buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time until dough comes together
  6. Dump dough onto a clean, floured work surface such as a countertop or large cutting board. Dust your hands with flour and mold the dough into a round – doesn’t have to be perfect. Place dough into prepared pan and dust top lightly with flour
  7. Using the wrong end of a fork, cut a deep cross into the top of the dough. This will prevent the bread from cracking while it bakes and gives it the traditional Irish Soda Bread look
  8. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until golden brown. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool. Slice and serve warm with butter or marmalade


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