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Easy Irish Soda Bread

Thank you for your sweet comments yesterday 🙂 If its one thing I’ve learned about myself during this process its that I don’t handle stress all to well. Or maybe it’s that I don’t handle stressful situations well while pregnant. Who knows…

Despite being out of the house most of the day, I managed to get myself in the kitchen and bake some bread.

Every year, around St. Patty’s Day, I make Mr. Weekly Bite Irish Soda bread. He grew up eating it and started asking me to make it for him several years ago. Its such an easy bread to make, and delicious too! What I like about it is it’s not too sweet. It almost has the sweetness of a scone, maybe even less than that.

Here’s how make this super easy bread:

1) Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, & salt.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together all your wet ingredients: buttermilk, melted butter, & eggs.

3) Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon.

4) Finally fold your raisins in.

5) Spray a 9 inch round pan with  nonstick cooking spray and spread the batter evenly. Bake until nice & golden brown.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar together… set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. (Make sure melted butter has cooled a little… if its too hot, you’ll scramble the eggs.)

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Stir together with a wooden spoon. Fold in the raisins.

You can use either a loaf pan of a round 9 inch cake pan. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread dough evenly into pan.

Bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

My favorite way to eat this is fresh out of the oven with a pat of butter! Delicious 🙂

13 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on March 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I haven’t had soda bread in years. It looks so good!

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on March 9, 2011 at 7:57 am

    i’ve NEVER made soda bread and i think that has to change. like, immediately 🙂

  3. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on March 9, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I haven’t made Irish Soda Bread in so long…I can’t even remember the last time. This looks beautiful!

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on March 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I’ve never tried irish soda bread! I love that this looks so easy to do.

  5. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on March 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Our local bakery makes the BEST Irish Soda Bread, I don’t even want to try to rival it. You have tempted me to give it a whirl, though!

  6. Nicole, RD said on March 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Gorgeous photos! This looks wonderful, and yep…simple enough! 🙂

  7. Marisa @ Loser for Life said on March 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I love soda bread! Especially with butter!
    Hang in there, Estela! You’re going through some major life changes so it’s normal to be stressed!

  8. Blog is the New Black said on March 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I can’t even rem the last time I had this. Looks fantastic!

  9. Rebecca said on March 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    This looks really good. I really need to get in my kitchen so I can bake. I am missing it.

  10. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking said on March 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    What a delicious soda bread! I’ve never actually had it before, but it looks like it would be great on the side of a hearty Irish soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe and your lovely images, Estela! You have a beautiful blog and I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes. 🙂

  11. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on March 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I remember buying Irish soda break in fifth grade for a “tell us about your heritage” project. It was so hard and dry we couldn’t eat it. I’m positive yours is better. It even looks moist and delicious.

  12. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on March 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I’ve been brainstorming recipe ideas for a St Patrick’s Day party and this is going on my list! I like simple breads like this, especially when warm and topped with butter!

  13. Vanessa said on March 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    greetings, quality article, and a fairly good understand! at least one for my favorites.