Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 55 mins

This traditional Irish soda bread is served warm with lots of butter to accompany your cornbeef and cabbage boiled dinner. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. Stir in currants and milk.
  3. Combine until well blended.
  4. Dough will be sticky.
  5. Turn out onto floured board and knead 10 times, until smooth.
  6. Shape into an 8" round loaf.
  7. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Cut an"X" with a knife into the top of the loaf.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven; pour sugar and water glaze over the top and return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.


Most Helpful

This is outstanding Irish Soda Bread. My house smells of Corned Beef and Cabbage and this Lovely bread! Couldn't wait til dinner, so we just sampled the bread, the taste is wonderful, nice "softly dense" and slightly sweet. My only problem is that the bottom of the bread is rock hard. I basted it while baking with a buttermilk and melted butter blend, the top is just golden and nicely crusty. The mixture did not reach the bottom. I think that the temp. should be lowered slightly (350 next time I bake this-oh and I definitely will be baking this again) Also, wonder if baking on parchment or very lightly greased pan wouldn't be better. Overall, you will be very pleased with this bread, thank you for sharing it Gingerbee (have a super pic I hope to add via my Droid)

YankeeKat March 17, 2010

this bread always turns out great. perfectly dense and moist, and excellent as-is or toasted. I leave out the currants and use a milk wash instead of a glaze, but that is just my preference.

Baked Therapy October 30, 2009

This is a great recipe. I've used it for a couple of years now, and I find it to be extremely easy and so delicious. I haven't used currants when I've made it, although it does sound good. Also, I've skipped the glaze. It works 'plain' like this as well. Thanks for sharing!!

erinBOberrin March 17, 2008

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