Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

  • 10 Minutes Prep 55 Minutes Total
  • 1 Serving
  • 110 Calories per Serving
Whether or not you're Irish, this classic quick bread recipe brings great taste into your kitchen.

Ingredient List

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins, if desired
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet.
  2. Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in raisins and just enough buttermilk so dough leaves side of bowl.
  3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into round loaf, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.
  4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter or margarine, softened, if desired.


  • Why the "X" on top of Irish soda bread? Legend tells us that this cross is meant to scare away evil spirits. Spooky!
  • Use the "whack" method to soften butter and margarine: Give each side of the chilled stick a good "whack" with a rolling pin.

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 6%, Vitamin D 0%, Folic Acid 2%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 110 , Calories from Fat 25 , Total Fat 3 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Sodium 240 mg, Potassium 50 mg, Total Carbohydrate 19 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Protein 3 g, Starch 1 , Fat 1/2