Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Soda Bread, Bread, Raisins, Baked BreadI have experienced two types of Irish Soda Bread. One type would be great as a breakfast bread. The bread itself taste almost like a graham cracker, pleasantly sweet and dense. And the other type of soda bread is perfect to soak up hearty stews and sauces.

In this next video on my journey of cooking through the New York Times website, I take a stab at this easy no yeast, no knead traditional Irish Soda bread in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Soda Bread gets its name because the traditional recipe uses baking soda, as opposed to yeast, as the leavening agent.

The New York Times  Irish Soda Bread Recipe I followed is simple, straight forward and quick. It only took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes from start to finish.

NYT Irish Soda Bread Recipe:

  • 310 grams (approximately 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon) whole-wheat flour
  • 125 grams (approximately 1 cup)unbleached all-purpose 
  • 7 grams Baking Soda
  • 7 grams (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 8 grams (2 teaspoons) brown sugar
  • 125 grams (3/4 cup, tightly packed)raisins, any variety or a mix (I recommend using more)
  • 1 egg
  • About 356 grams (1 1/2 cups)buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment. In a large bowl, mix together flours, soda, salt and brown sugar. Swish mixture around with your hands to distribute salt and soda through the bread. Add raisins and toss mixture together to coat raisins with flour.
  2. Beat egg and place in a measuring cup. Add buttermilk; the liquid in the cup should measure about 1 3/4 cups.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Pour egg/buttermilk mixture into the well. Working from the center of the bowl in concentric clockwise circles, with fingers outstretched, stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. (You can use a rubber spatula instead if you don’t like getting dough on your hands.) This should take about a half a minute at most. Dough will be sticky and ragged.
  4. Dust your work surface with flour, clean and dry your hands and dust with flour. Scrape out dough and very quickly and gently pat it into a 1 1/2- to 2-inch-high round and tuck the bottom edges under. (Alternatively, place in a lightly buttered 10-inch round cake pan.) Place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Moisten a knife and cut a deep cross across top of bread.
  5. Place in oven and immediately turn the heat down to 400 degrees. Bake 40 minutes, until the loaf is dark brown and makes a hollow sound when tapped. Remove from oven, wrap loosely in a kitchen towel (to soften the crust) and place on a rack to cool.



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