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Irish Bread

  • Author: Lynette
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Irish soda bread uses simple ingredients to create a flaky bread with a crispy crust.  Many recipes call for raisins, but I made it with chocolate chips so my kids would love it too.


  • 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 Cup butter, cold
  • 1/2 Cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 Cup buttermilk


  1. Mix together first flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender until resembles corn meal.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips.  Add buttermilk and until it forms a dough.  Knead 8-10 times on a floured surface.
  3. Roll into ball and then flatten until approximately 7 inches in diameter.  Place in greased pie plate.  Cut across the top in cross pattern.  Brush with buttermilk.
  4. Bake in preheated 400˚ F oven for 15 minutes and then 375˚ F for additional 25-30 minutes or until fully baked.  Cool on rack.  Eat warm.


Substitutions and Additions:
Raisins: Use 1/2 cups of seedless raisins in substitution of the chocolate chips.
Caraway Seeds:  You can also add 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds if adding the raisins.
Chocolate Chips:  This one’s my favorite because my kids love it.  But you can easily substitute something else.

How to Make Your Own Buttermilk: I typically don’t have any buttermilk on hand, at any time.  For this recipe, you can make your own!  The recipe calls for 3/4 cup of milk mixed with 3 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.  You could also use regular distilled vinegar if that’s all you have.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 327
  • Sugar: 12.4
  • Sodium: 330.3
  • Fat: 16.7
  • Carbohydrates: 43.7
  • Protein: 5.9
  • Cholesterol: 33

Keywords: irish bread, irish soda bread