Easy Irish Soda Bread

A few years ago, I needed to find a recipe for Irish Soda Bread for a St. Patrick’s Day potluck my husband and I were going to.  I looked around online for awhile and came across this one:


It was a quick bread made in a loaf pan, so it wasn’t very traditional, but I’m not necessarily a huge stickler for that sort of thing, so I thought I’d try it.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was, and it was so delicious, I’ve never tried another recipe!

So, if you’d like to make some Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day this year, I highly recommend giving this version a try!

To make it, you’ll need the following:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 Tbs baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp salt

1 egg

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup butter, melted


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 9×4 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl.


Mix to combine.


Add the egg and buttermilk to a small to medium mixing bowl.


Whisk till the egg is lightly beaten and fully combined with the buttermilk.


Add the egg/buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix with a spatula or large spoon till mostly, but not fully combined.


Add the melted butter and mix till just combined.  Be sure not to over mix!


Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top a bit, if necessary.


Bake 55 to 60 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out nearly clean to clean (if it has 1 or 2 tiny crumbs stuck to it, that’s fine).

Carefully transfer the bread to a rack to cool.


This bread is great right out of the oven, but it’s even better the next day!  So, if you’re able to plan ahead, I recommend making it ahead of time.  Also, I think this bread is plenty buttery on its own, but if you like, you can toast up slices and spread a little more butter on them.


We would love to hear from you!  Let us know if you’ve ever made a more traditional version of Irish Soda Bread, or have any other favorite recipes for St. Patrick’s Day!



  1. Yes! I made this one last year for a potluck, also. LOVE this recipe. It’s SO SO tasty. I am wondering if I can make a “clean” version since that’s my thing now. 🙂

    • Hi Tess! I know, it’s great!! What do you mean by a “clean” version? I might be able to think of some ideas about how to alter it, but I’m not sure what you mean by “clean” 🙂

      • Hi Tami, 🙂 Clean eating is basically this. No processed foods; no refined sugar, white flour, white rice, etc. After looking at the recipe again, I think all I’d do is this: replace the white all-purpose flour with spelt flour; replace the white sugar with sucanat or honey. Yum. I love this bread so much. 🙂 I have more info about clean eating, as well as plenty of clean recipes on my blog, http://www.dailyupsandpounds.com

        Take care!

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