Irish Soda Bread

By now you should know that I’m a suburban soccer mom stuck in the body of a 23-year-old city girl.

My friend was throwing a St. Patrick’s day themed party and, naturally, I had to find an appropriate baked good to bring with me.  This is a traditional Irish bread so it was kind of uh…perfect.  The bread is awesome and for any actual moms out there reading (or other losers like me) would be AWESOMEEEE to serve it with green eggs and ham (NOT Jameson like in the picture below) on the morning of St. Patrick’s day.


St. Patty's Party with my Taste Tester

I used a great recipe from Epicurious which you can find here or written out below


  • Non-stick spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup raisins (I’d recommend soaking them in water (or rum?) for about 10 minutes before putting them in the batter.  The original recipe didn’t call for this and I didn’t do it with this loaf but I think it would keep their moisture better and I’ll definitely do that next time I make this)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Spray 8 inch diameter cake pan with non-stick spray
  3. Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to blend
  4. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms
  5. Make well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk. Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in raisins.
  6. shape dough into ball. Transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the top is nice and browned
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes. It’s best eaten within 24 hours so slap some butter on it and eat up! 🙂