Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Desserts & Baked Goods

Grandma's Irish Soda Bread

1 erving


55 minutes

total time


1 and 3/4 cups (420ml) buttermilk*

1 large egg (optional, see note)

4 and 1/4 cups (531g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for your hands and counter

3 Tablespoons (38g) granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

5 Tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed*

optional: 1 cup (150g) raisins


Preheat oven & pan options

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).

There are options for the baking pan. Use a regular baking sheet and line with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (bread spreads a bit more on a baking sheet), or use a seasoned 10-12 inch cast iron skillet (no need to preheat the cast iron unless you want to), or grease a 9-10 inch cake pan or pie dish. You can also use a 5 quart (or higher) dutch oven. Grease or line with parchment paper. If using a dutch oven, bake the bread with the lid off.

  1. Whisk the buttermilk and egg together. Set aside.

  2. Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

  3. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers. Mixture is very heavy on the flour, but do your best to cut in the butter until the butter is pea-sized crumbs.

  4. Stir in the raisins.

  5. Pour in the buttermilk/egg mixture. Gently fold the dough together until dough it is too stiff to stir. Pour crumbly dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball as best you can, then knead for about 30 seconds or until all the flour is moistened. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.

  6. Transfer the dough to the prepared skillet/pan. Using a very sharp knife, score a 1/2 inch deep X into the top.

  7. Bake until the bread is golden brown and center appears cooked through, about 45-55 minutes. Loosely tent the bread with aluminum foil if you notice heavy browning on top. For an accurate test, bread is done when an instant read thermometer reads 190°F (88°C).

  8. Remove from the oven and allow bread to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm, at room temperature, or toasted with desired toppings/spreads.

  9. Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. We usually wrap it tightly in aluminum foil for storing.

1 erving


55 minutes

total time
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