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Irish Soda Bread Loaf

I’ve been making Irish Soda Bread for years.  And I’ve certainly posted my fair share of soda bread recipes over the years.  However, this recipe is definitely the easiest of the bunch to assemble.  While the usual suspects appear in the ingredient list of this less than traditional recipe, the dough includes the addition of an egg so there is no need to knead.  Just combine the ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon and drop the moist dough into a standard-sized loaf pan. The result… A less crumbly loaf that’s a bit more moist as compared to the traditional bread round or scone. This loaf slices beautifully.  

I hope you have a few spare moments  to “throw on the kettle” and assemble this delicious Irish Soda Bread Loaf. There’s nothing like a fresh pot of tea with a thick slice of this gorgeous bread slathered with butter and homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam.

Irish Soda Bread Loaf

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups raisins 

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

A handful of old fashioned oats for the topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, baking soda and raisins. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle old fashioned oats over the batter; press lightly. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.


22 thoughts on “Irish Soda Bread Loaf

    1. Absolutely… The bread will most likely have a dense/chewy texture just like a regular loaf of bread. Bread flour has a bit more protein which helps the gluten to develop, hence a dense and chewy texture. Sounds wonderful to me! Let me know how it turns out… I may try it as well!

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      1. Hi Linda. I’d just made this bread. Very easy and most importantly it taste good! I used bread flour. As you said its texture is dense. The next time I will use all purpose flour to taste the difference. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My children love it. πŸ™‚


        1. Gosh, I’m happy to hear that your children enjoyed the recipe! I made a few loaves last night and I still can’t believe how such a simple recipe can taste so delicious. I used fat free milk with a bit of vinegar because I didn’t have buttermilk on hand. The loaves came out perfect. Thanks for reporting back to me! Enjoy your day!πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€


          1. I don’t have buttermilk too so I used 4 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 cup full cream milk. The apple cider and raisins gave it a very nice taste. πŸ™‚


            1. Good for you!⭐️
              What a nice idea… I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the tip.
              It’s always nice to share ideas with fellow home cooks.😊


  1. This looks YUM!!!

    When I was in Eire last summer, I fell in love with Wheaten Bread but cannot find a recipe for it that has the conversations to simple cups/teaspoons (heavy sigh) – do you have one?


  2. Good job you! I have never made bread before but this looks so nice and i love soda bead.will definitely give it a go soon.Please do visit my blog too sometimes.Would love to connect x


    1. Well, if your looking to make bread, this is a great way to start. Super simple recipe and a great flavored loaf. I’ll be stopping by to check out your site… Have a great day!

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    1. It’s a tempting loaf! You’ll have to treat yourself to a slice or two and freeze the rest for another “cheat” day… 😊
      All the best to you…


  3. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ This looks delicious and seeing as I’ve just returned from Ireland, it’s a very apt recipe to try out!


    1. I hope you enjoy the loaf and I hope you enjoyed your stay in Ireland. I have fond memories of your yearly trips to Ireland to visit family, friends and distant relatives.

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