I essentially ate this entire loaf of bread by myself.

Irish Soda Bread

Have you heard of maple butter? In Canada we have tons of it this time of year and when its slathered on some homemade bread it makes any cold morning feel warmer.

Irish Soda Bread

And so I ate this loaf, piece by piece, warmed with some maple butter until it was gone.


Irish Soda Bread

The good news is that soda bread comes together super fast.

More can always be made. And it will be.

Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is a classic Irish bread made without yeast, some buttermilk, raisins and orange zest. Right from my oven to yours!

Irish Soda Bread

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at all? We don’t, really, but on the week leading up to the 17th I like to make a few fun little treats.

In the past there was Irish beer and cheddar bread, some baked cheese toasties (the most recent), Guinness floats, and Irish chocolate mint cookies. All delicious, some green…none nutritious. Oh well!

Irish Soda Bread


Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Traditional Irish soda bread made easy.


  • 3 and 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup sultana raisins
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and raisins until combined. Grate the butter over the bowl and stir to coat the butter pieces in flour. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, orange zest and honey until combined. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and knead with your hands until a dough forms, about 5 minutes. Take the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it comes together and has smoothed out a bit. Shape the dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl it was in before. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place a rack in the centre of the oven. Place a dutch oven with the lid on that is at least 5-quarts in size in the oven. You may also use a pizza stone, but I have found the the dutch oven with a lid works the best.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, uncover it, and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to score a 1-inch deep cross in the top of the dough.
  5. Carefully remove the hot dutch oven from the oven and remove the lid. Very carefully, pick the dough up by the parchment paper and lift into the hot dutch oven (parchment and all). Place the hot lid back on the pot and return to the oven.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove the lid from the dutch oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes, or until bread is golden brown on the top and sides.
  7. Remove from the oven and carefully lift the bread out of the pot by the overhanging parchment paper and place it on a rack to cool before slicing, about 1 hour.


Recipe adapted from Adventures in Cooking


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18 Responses to Irish Soda Bread

  1. I’m right there with you girl! I would eat the whole thing and ALL the maple butter in the land. My favorite!

  2. In honor of St. Patty’s Day, I will be baking some of this Irish Soda Bread! What a beautiful bread. Maple butter sounds divine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hooray for Irish Soda Bread!! See that’s the thing with homemade breads. . you just have to eat. the. entire. thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ and the maple butter makes it ok. ๐Ÿ˜› LOVE this! such a gorgeous loaf and love that you baked this in a Dutch oven!

  4. Maple butter is the best thing ever and perfect with your beautiful bread!

    • katrina says:

      Oh man, I’m so glad you agree! I pinned your recipe for maple butter this past weekend actually. I can’t wait to try it myself!

  5. I loveee Irish Soda bread! I have a recipe from my Harry Potter cookbook (yes, I am a major nerd!) that I make all the time. This looks delicious!!

  6. I can spot at least five healthy ingredients when eaten in moderation – totally legit and helping you getting towards one of your five-a-day and everything ๐Ÿ˜› Ha!

    That is funny though, I just had a friend asking on facebook if the traditional Irish soda bread featured sultanas and dried fruits, and the conclusion was positive ๐Ÿ˜› I like how you wrote that you esseeeentially ate all this by yourself, makes it sound more humble, than, say… I ate ALL of the Irish bread goodness.

    Nothing beats freshly made bread almost straight from the oven though, and with maple butter? YUM! Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ˜€ x

    • katrina says:

      Paul had one piece and I had 7…so I TOTALLY shared! And yeah! Traditional Irish soda bread has raisins in it. Next time I’ll go non-traditional and keep it plain!

  7. Yay for bread recipes without yeast (and that can be served with maple butter). ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Karen Kelly says:

    I so need to learn to make this for my Irish hubbie. My mother in law taught me to make pork and sauerkraut but I missed the lesson on Irish soda bread. Thanks!

  9. Sues says:

    I’ve never made an Irish soda bread and now I want to! This looks beautiful!

  10. I don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day either, but maybe I should by making this yummy bread!

  11. Ashley says:

    I have yet to try making irish soda bread! But I finally put it on my grocery list for the week – I’m excited! This version looks wonderful!

  12. Oh that looks amazing, I’d eat the entire loaf myself too! I wish we had maple butter here in Alberta, I’ve never seen it here, but that sounds pretty amazing to slather on soda bread!

  13. cynthia says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks so amazing, and so perfect for St. Patty’s Day! I love how dense and moist it looks — perfect for warming up a cold morning, just like you said.

  14. Joanne says:

    I think this is the first Irish soda bread I’ve seen that has actually left me drooling and dying to make it!

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