Tasty Tuesday–Irish Soda Bread

I’ve been making this particular soda bread recipe for years, now, and it’s very popular in our house. I especially like it because it doesn’t have raisins, and as far as I understand, the raisins are not necessary for an authentic soda bread. The buttermilk, however, is a key ingredient. It’s also important to make it a day ahead, and wrap it in foil…that really helps the flavor develop!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in large bowl. Blend egg and buttermilk together; add all at once to flour mixture. Mix until moistened. Stir in butter and pour into pan.

Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in a wire rack. Wrap in foil and store overnight.