Irish Soda Bread sliced on white parchment and marble close up with knife

Irish Soda Bread

  • Author: Aberdeen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


Quick and easy traditional bread recipe straight from Ireland, no yeast required! Use a cast iron skillet for that perfectly golden, crunchy crust.



  • 4 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk, well shaken
  • 1 cup dried currants or raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a cast iron pan or baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.
  3. Add the cubed butter, and using either a pastry blender, two forks or a food processor, cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add currants and gently mix to combine.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture. Gently fold together until incorporated and can be formed into a round ball shape.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead for about 30 seconds, maintaining a round loaf shape. Place the dough onto the prepared pan. Score an X on the top of the dough.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown and center is cooked through. Cover with foil if it gets too brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm with a pat of butter.