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Easy Irish Soda Bread

You just need one bowl for this Easy Irish Soda Bread recipe. In about 90 minutes, you’ll want to have the kettle on for a cup of tea and the Irish butter getting soft on the counter, ready to enjoy slice after slice of soda bread. | Lightly adapted from The Food Network

Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Keyword bread, irish, soda
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2 loaves


  • 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups red currants may substitute raisins, soaked in water for 15 to 20 minutes and drained
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter 2 (9 x 5-inch) bread pans.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the butter and mix very thoroughly with your hands until it gets grainy. Stir in currants.
  3. Add the buttermilk and egg to the flour mixture. Stir until well moistened. Shape dough into 2 loaves and place in the pans.
  4. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick poked into the center comes out dry. Cool in the pans for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.