Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

I have never found an Irish Soda Bread recipe (or commericially available loaf) that can hold a candle to this recipe. It is simple to make and you can also mix the dry ingredients, add a hang-tag listing the wet ingredients and baking instructions and you have an outrageously good gift. This is an absolutely authentic Irish recipe, and if you have never had a Soda Bread with fruit or caraway, it is probably due to the baker's preference to omit it, cost cutting measures or the way in which this recipe is prepared in a few regions of the country. Note: If you don't like caraway seeds, currants or raisins, don't add them. And don't overmix this dough. I blend wet and dry ingredients with a large spooon only until incorporated. Also, if like Pretty111, you provide a low-star review because you THINK the recipe isn't traditional, don't bother. This recipe is not listed as "traditional", just delicious. I think that if you do not try a recipe, you have some nerve giving it a low-star review. It is just unfair.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.
  2. Butter and flour a pie plate or round cake pan.
  3. Sprinkle uncooked oats on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Combine dry ingredients and currants.
  5. Mix melted butter, eggs and then buttermilk and sour cream.
  6. Stir in dry ingredients only until incorporated.
  7. Put dough into a prepared pie pan, in a mound with a rounded top.
  8. Cut an X in the top of the loaf.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes.
Most Helpful

Great recipe - but one glaring omission is no salt. I added a half teaspoon (it would be a bland bread without the salt). I didn't have buttermilk, but soured milk worked just fine. Really fabulous, flavorful bread. This was my first try with Irish Soda Bread, which I usually find dry and too crumbly. The four of us scarfed nearly the whole loaf!!

LaRiti March 17, 2011

Oh my goodness! When I saw kittencal liked this recipe I knew I had to give it a try. As usual she's absolutely right...this recipe is for sure a keeper. It yields such a tender moist loaf and not at all heavy (a problem with many a soda bread recipe). I love this warm straight from the oven and later toasted,buttered along with a mug of tea. It also freezes beautifully. Thanks so much for this perfectly written recipe that gave me the ever elusive 5 star loaf of Irish soda bread. Hats off!!!

lockedhalo April 07, 2009

I love this bread, I made it using Greek yogurt as that is all I use, this rose beautiful with a wonderful flavor, I will for certain make this again many more times, what a great recipe, thanks for sharing DeSouter! :)

Kittencal@recipezazz March 15, 2009