irish soda bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe. Quick Breads

Irish Soda Bread is ready in a snap.

Like all quick breads, it has all the deliciousness of yeasted breads, without yeast, kneading or rising time. Perfect for brunch. I’m big on quick breads, take a look on my blog! Here’s just one of them: Zucchini Bread

I make my Irish soda bread with spelt flour:

Spelt is my favorite flour for everything: low gluten, high fiber, high protein, great flavor!
Here is your chance to explore with low gluten breads and baked goods. In this tinkerer’s humble opinion, unless you have celiac, this is the way to go!

Make it dairy please!

No substitutions here, sorry; it won’t be nearly as good.

Irish soda bread has two added trademarks you shouldn’t try to forgo: caraway seeds, and the X mark on top.

Oh yes, one more thing:

Real, not disposable pan. Hence the heavy skillet


  • ¾ stick unsalted butter, divided in three
  • 3 cups flour (all-purpose, whole wheat pastry, or spelt)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk or plain yogurt, low-fat OK
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 cup currants or raisins


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Grease a 10-inch skillet with a third of the butter. Using two knives or a pastry cutter, work 1/3 of the butter, the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar, until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Mix the buttermilk and eggs well in a bowl. Add the caraway seeds and raisins and combine again. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, mixing only until combined. Pour the batter into the skillet. Cut the remaining butter into tiny pieces and drop evenly over the bread. With a sharp knife, make 2 perpendicular gashes over the bread, like an X. Bake for about 1 hour, until the top looks golden and firm.

Eat preferably warm.

Yield: Makes 8 servings.

6 replies
  1. Chava
    Chava says:

    Hi Levana,

    this bread comes out very delicious and nourishing also when made with coconut oil and chopped dried dates instead of raisins.

    Thank you again for the recipe!

    Kind regards from Latvia

  2. Chavah
    Chavah says:

    Hi Levana,

    Thank you very much for the recipe! I tried it recently, and my family and I were very satisfied with the result.

    Is it also possible to make this bread with oil?

    Kind regards from Latvia

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Sima Isn’t it the best? I make it quite often, not only for shavuot, and not only as part of a meal, but to enjoy by itself as well

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