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Horizontal image of an upright slice of Irish soda bread on a gray stand, with a white stand and more baked goods in the background.

Irish Soda Bread with Dried Fruit

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large bread loaf 1x


Crusty on the outside, hearty and dense on the inside, Irish soda bread is a rustic baked good that’s easy to make all from scratch.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup dried currants or cranberries, optional
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
  2. Optional: soak the cranberries in whiskey for 30 minutes to one hour. Drain and discard any leftover whiskey. Set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until the pieces are the size of very small peas and coated completely in flour.
  4. Create a well in the center, and pour in the buttermilk and beaten egg. Slowly stir together the liquid and dry ingredients with a sturdy spoon until a thick, sticky, shaggy dough starts to form. Add the cranberries and mix. You can use your hands, if preferred.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead gently just a few times to form the dough into a slightly sticky ball. Place into the prepared pan. Flatten it out slightly so that the dough nearly touches the edges of the pan.
  6. Score a large X into the surface of the dough with a sharp knife, only going about 1/4- inch deep.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning the pan halfway through, until the crust is a deep golden brown color and the scored surface no longer looks wet.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and placing on a cooling wrack.
  9. Cut into slices and serve with butter while still warm.
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Baked Goods

Keywords: bread, Irish recipes, Saint Patrick's Day