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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Recipe By Dia, Savory Spice—Bend, OR


1 loaf

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

50 Minutes

Recipe By Dia, Savory Spice—Bend, OR

This quick and easy Irish bread results in a deliciously moist and perfectly dense bread, ready for a generous spread of butter.

Serving Suggestions

Serve toasted alongside a cup of tea. Serve with sweet Honey Butter or savory Country Onion Herb Butter.


3 cups plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour, divided, plus more to dust

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup currants, raisins, or dried cranberries

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

    Our Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is believed to be of the most ancient of all pink sea salts. It's a highly flavorful pink cooking salt, and pairs ...

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  • Dutch Caraway Seeds

    Dutch Caraway Seeds are most commonly used when baking rye or brown breads. Caraway seasoning has a sharp, stimulating aroma similar to the flavor ...

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  • Cracked Rosemary

    Cracked Rosemary is perfect for seasoning roasted meats, as well as potatoes and sauces. Dried rosemary adds an herbal, piney flavor and tea-like a...

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  • Parsley

    Parsley is the most commonly cooked with herb in the United States. Dried parsley is quite light, and is used to bring both a clean, fresh flavor a...

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Step 1: Prepare dough

In a small bowl, combine 3 cups flour, sugar, baking soda, and Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. With a pastry blender or a fork, cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in dried fruit of choice, Dutch Caraway Seeds, Cracked Rosemary, and Parsley. Pour in buttermilk and mix until dough comes together. Knead for 30 seconds in the bowl.

Step 2: Shape and bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper. Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface (dough will be very sticky) and knead for another minute. Do not over-knead the dough. Shape into a round loaf and place on prepared sheet tray. Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp. flour over top of loaf. Cut a large "X" across top of loaf, about 1-inch deep. Bake for 40 to 50 min. until golden brown. Let cool before slicing.