Irish Soda Bread

Our quick and easy Irish Soda Bread recipe is made with flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, raisins, an egg, and a touch of sugar. Pair it with a comforting cup of Irish Breakfast Tea and you've got an afternoon sweet treat. Be sure to share it with family and friends. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes 
Cook Time: 1 hour & 30 minutes 
Serving Size: 1 loaf


  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. caraway seeds
  • 4 tbsp. of butter, cold 
  • 2 cups of raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. of heavy cream 


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and caraway seeds until well combined.
  • Using a pastry cutter or two knives in scissor fashion, cut in butter until the mixture feels like coarse meal. Stir in raisins until evenly distributed.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and baking soda until well combined.
  • Pour buttermilk mixture into the flour-and-butter mixture all at once and stir with a fork until all the liquid is absorbed and the mixture begins to hold together. It should resemble a rough biscuit dough.
  • Using your hands, press the dough into a round, dome-shaped loaf. Lift the loaf from the bowl and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and cream together. With a pastry brush, brush the egg wash over the loaf. With a sharp knife or razor, incise a cross, about 1/2-inch-deep, into the top of the loaf.
  • Transfer to the oven. Bake, rotating halfway through, until it is deep golden brown, and a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center, about 70 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and transfer bread from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool. Serve with your favorite Red Rose brew and enjoy! 
February 26, 2020 — Consumer-Relations Team