Irish soda bread is a must have in our household every year around St. Patrick’s Day. My grandmother used to make this exact Irish soda bread recipe for my sisters and I, and it’s something we looked forward to each year. This recipe is really the epitome of St. Patrick’s Day for me—Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1¾ cups cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugar, flour, salt and baking soda with a mixer. Add the butter and mix until it is all mixed well. Next, add the buttermilk and egg to the flour mixture. Combine the raisins into the dough mixture and mix.

Flour your board and dump the dough onto the board and begin to knead. Form the dough into a round loaf and slice an “X” on top of the dough. Bake for 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.