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Irish Soda Bread Recipe & A Quarantined St. Patrick’s Day

A unique St. Patrick’s Day for lack of better words but we settled into the new normal and made the best of it!  Thanks to my little helpers we made a yummy easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for snack time.  I make Irish Soda Bread every year and have tried numerous recipes and this was hands down our favorite!  I found the recipe in the archives of my grandma’s recipe box.

I have made this before, but there are 2 copies with the same ingredients but different instructions.  This copy has you add the melted butter to the batter, but the other copy has you pour it over the top.  We tried it the other way for the first time and loved the results.  It created a yummy crispy crust.  I didn’t need all 4 tablespoons either so it cut down on some of the butter.  

How to Make Irish Soda Bread - photo

This easy Irish Soda Bread recipe is a great for your children to help with it.  It comes together in one bowl in about 10 minutes!  I have made this dairy free in the past as well.  To make the buttermilk I use unsweetened almond milk (or any plant based milk works) plus 1 1/2 tbsp of vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes.  I did this with regular milk this year as well.

How to Make Buttermilk

For the dairy free melted butter, my favorite is Earth Balance Soy Free.  We actually love this on a daily basis on our toast.  The recipe called for this to be baked in a casserole dish but I was lazy and just shaped on a sheet pan.  It took less time than called for since it was not as thick.  Next year I will try the casserole version.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Photo

Since we were home they also had time to help me cook our first Corned Beef!

I used the Damn Delicious Recipe and it was incredibly easy slow cooker recipe that was perfect 👌🏻

Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef - Photo

I didn’t add the extra cloves or parsley and added a quartered onion, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly.  We have n0 leftovers!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef - recipe

Our first day of homeschooling was interesting so the cooking and baking and hearty meal was a wonderful distraction.  Juggling a toddler and 2 school age children that all needed my attention was not easy!  Lastly thank you to the families in our neighborhood for the 🌈 hunt that made our scooter ride extra fun ❤️

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Photo

Irish Soda Bread

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings:8 people
Course:Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Keyword:breads, Holiday


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or 1 1/2 cups milk mixed with 1 1/2 tbsp of vinegar see note
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp of melted unsalted butter see note


  • Preheat oven to 35Butter or line a 10 inch pan with parchment paper (I have done it free form on a sheet pan before which I like just as much and almost better).
  • If you do not have buttermilk mix your milk and vinegar in a large liquid measuring cup and let stand 10 minutes
  • Melt butter and let it cool
  • In a large bowl measure and whisk together your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  • Fold your raisins into the dry mixture
  • Pour your buttermilk into the dry mixture and mix until thoroughly combined
  • Place your dough into your 10 inch pan or shape into a large circle on a parchment lined sheet pan
  • Pour melted butter over your dough and place in oven
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then take out and using a knife create a cross / X on the top
  • Place back in the oven and bake for another 25-40 minutes (see note).
  • Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing


1. Buttermilk: If you do not have buttermilk you can most likely make it! Mix 1 1/2 cups of milk with 1 1 /2 tbsp of vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes.
2. Baking Time: If you are baking free form on a sheet pan your bread will be larger and thinner and will take about 45 minutes. If you are baking in a 10 inch pan your bread will be thicker and will need close to an hour to bake.
3. Dairy Free Version: You can make your buttermilk with a dairy free milk and use a dairy free butter such as enjoy life!
Did you make this recipe?I would love to see your creations! Snap a picture and tag @kristanwatson or #foodplaygo on Social Media!

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