Friday, September 22, 2023

An easy Irish Soda Bread recipe that will leave you wanting more

Nancy’s Irish Soda Bread. (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)

St. Patrick’s Day tends to be a big deal in my household.

Every year, we play a lot of Irish-inspired music, make an Irish stout corned beef, bake potatoes, and the star of the meal is always Irish Soda Bread.

I must confess –– I am not much of a baker. However, my homemade Irish Soda Bread has been a fan-favorite with my family for many years. It’s pretty easy to make and comes out delicious every time.

From my kitchen to yours, here is my favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe.


Nancy’s Irish Soda Bread after baking. (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)

4 cups of all-purpose (or buttermilk) flour

4 tablespoons of white sugar (or Splenda for baking)

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

1/2 cup of margarine, softened (not melted)

1 cup of buttermilk

1 egg

1/4 cup of butter, melted

1/4 cup of buttermilk

*3 oz of raisins (I prefer to use “craisins” in my soda bread but any dried fruit works)

How to make it:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. While doing this, grease a Bundt pan with butter or butter spray.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, mix together your sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, softened margarine, and *raisins. Stir into the mixture 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 egg. *optional

Step 3: Once it is thoroughly mixed, it should be a thick dough. Lightly flour a surface and gently kneed the dough.

Step 4: Place your dough evenly in the Bundt pan but don’t put it in the oven yet.

Step 5: In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of buttermilk and 1/4 cup of melted butter. Brush this mixture on top of dough with a silicone brush.

Step 6: It’s oven time! Place the Bundt pan in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. Check it occasionally with a toothpick or fork to see if it is finished baking.

Step 7: When it is baked through, remove the Bundt pan from the oven and let cool for approximately ten minutes.

Anything noted with an asterisk* is optional.

A piece of Nancy’s Irish Soda Bread. (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)

Just like that, you have a tasty yet easy treat for St. Patrick’s Day!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and may the luck of the Irish always be with you!


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