Irish Soda Bread

When my dad was a boy he tried some Irish Soda Bread at the neighbor’s house and liked it so much that he copied the recipe and brought it home to ask his mother to make it. We’ve pretty much been making it every year since then.

Irish Soda Bread


Here’s the original recipe in his 10 year old boy scrawl (which pretty much looked like his handwriting as an adult too.)
Handwritten recipe for Irish Soda Bread - thatrecipe.com

My guys don’t really like the raisins/currants and caraway seeds in it, so I now make two loaves, one with the goodies and one plain. The plain one is basically a giant biscuit, but they like it so who am I to argue.

Today I whipped up half a recipe and still divided the two loaves, because we have lots of bread in the house and I didn’t want it to go bad. Since I rarely have buttermilk around, I used soured milk. For the best results, let it sit for a few minutes to start to curdle before using.


Irish Soda Bread

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Bread
Occasion St Patrick's Day
Region Irish
Delicious and simple quick bread with raisins and caraway seeds perfect for accompanying your St. Patrick's Day meal.


  • 4 cups flour (sifted)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup currants or raisins
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 350°.
Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in seeds and raisins or currants. Add oil and milk. Stir only enough to moisten dry ingredients.
Divide dough in half and put on greased baking sheet in 2 mounds.
Bake 50 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with butter or margarine.

Until next time, happy eating.

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  1. Carleta Vineys

    Just noticed that”soda” should be “baking soda”. That seems to be the standard for most recipes today.

    1. Audrey

      updated that and the “salad oil” reference

  2. Audrey

    good catch, mom. I just cut and pasted from the recipe page. You’ll be proud to know your grandson knows the difference!

  3. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Audrey, what a sweet story! How I would treasure a recipe handwritten by my father when he was ten! Believe me, I am envying you right now (in the nicest sense of the word, of course). I’ve never put raisins in my soda bread, but it might make a nice change once in a while.
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    1. Audrey

      Thanks, Jean. I love that his Mom (and mine) saved it.

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