Easy Soda Bread with Raisins is a browned round loaf of dense bread dotted with raisins

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This Super Easy Irish Soda Bread recipe is a tasty quick bread that can be baked in any kitchen. It's soft and tender and the perfect homemade bread to serve with soup or stew.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 20 servings
Author Hostess At Heart


  • 2-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups raisins


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk and raisins. Mix with a wooden spoon until flour is incorporated. Knead a few times by hand if necessary.
  • Turn the dough out onto the baking sheet and form a 2" thick round loaf. Cut a 1-inch cross through the top of the bread with a sharp or serrated knife.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F for an additional 10 minutes. The bread is done when browned and sounds hollow when tapped or reaches an internal temperature of 210°F with an instant-read thermometer.  Cover with foil if bread browns too quickly.
  • Allow the loaf of bread to cool on a wire rack approximately 30 minutes. 
  • Store in air-tight container or bag. This bread is best eaten the day it's made.  Freeze any portion that can't be eaten in 2 days. 


My oven bakes hot so I baked it at 425°F and then lowered the temperature to 400°F as indicated in the recipe. Recipe adapted from The Poco Loco Olsons
This bread makes amazing French Toast too!


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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