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Traditional Irish soda bread cut into slices on a cooling rack.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe

A thick slice of Traditional Irish Soda Bread, a generous smear of butter, and a cup of strong tea makes almost everything better. Buttermilk and baking soda are the magic ingredients in this fabulous yeast-free bread that needs no time to rise, and gets gobbled up fast.
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Keyword bread, Irish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 20 slices
Calories 158kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 4 cup all-purpose flour plus extra
  • 4 tablespoons sugar see notes
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk cold
  • 1 extra-large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currants


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add butter and mix on low speed until butter is mixed into the flour.
  • With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With mixer on low speed, slowly add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture. 
  • In a small bowl, mix currants with 1 tablespoon of flour, then mix into the dough. Dough will be very wet.
  • Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with serrated knife. 
  • Bake for 45- 55 minutes, or until a toothpick or wooden skewer comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow "thump" sound. Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


If you like Irish soda bread less sweet, reduce sugar to 2 or 3 tablespoons.


Serving: 1clice | Calories: 158kcal