Irish Soda Bread
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5 from 2 votes

Irish Soda Bread

Dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, give a little mix, transfer into a skillet, bake, and you've got an unforgettable sweet, hearty, rustic Irish soda bread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish soda bread, irish soda bread recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Stef


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups peeled and finely food processed parsnip loosely packed (about 1 large parsnip / 175 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Mix flour, baking soda, parsnip, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in buttermilk.
  • Mix in raisins.
  • Use your hands to gently knead the mixture together to form a dough. It's a rustic bread, so don't expect a smooth elastic dough like you might have seen with other types of bread.
  • Place dough into a lightly greased deep 8" skillet or shape into a round loaf on a lightly greased cookie sheet,
  • Cut a cross into the loaf, going about halfway into the dough. This is not just decorative; it helps the bread bake evenly.
  • Bake for 60 minutes. Cover and bake for another 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out dry. When you flip the loaf out to cool, it should sound hollow when you tap the bottom.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2.4mg