Simple Irish Soda Bread

A traditional Irish soda bread perfect for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. We give this traditional bread a simple twist by using dried cranberries for a hint of sweetness.


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds


Heat oven to 425 degrees F.

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl until blended. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the buttermilk, butter, cranberries, and caraway seeds until a loose shaggy dough forms.

Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Dump out the dough and knead for about a minute until it comes together. Shape into a round loaf, about 2 inches high. Place on a baking sheet and use a sharp knife to make a 1 inch deep X across the top of the loaf, from edge to edge. Brush the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon buttermilk.

Bake for 30 minutes then lower the heat to 400 degrees F and continue baking for 10 minutes more, until golden brown. Place on a wire rack until completely cooled.

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