This Irish Soda Bread is an easy quick bread recipe that requires no yeast! Filled with plump raisins, this hearty bread is perfect spread with butter or your favorite preserves!
Making Irish Soda Bread is a lot like making scones. Super easy. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Cut in butter. Stir in wet ingredients just until dough forms. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead until dough forms. Shape, bake, enjoy!
One of the great things about Irish soda bread is you don’t have to worry about getting yeast to rise. The only leavening agent in this simple bread is baking soda. Also, no need to wait for the bread to rise before baking!
The kneading of the dough is much simpler, too. Just knead the ingredients together until you can form the dough into a shaggy ball. Don’t worry if the ball of dough doesn’t look smooth.
The result is a rustic, hearty bread that you can slice into pieces or tear off in chunks that you slather with good butter or top with your favorite jam.
We like it best served warm and within 2-3 days of baking for optimal freshness.
Tips for Making Irish Soda Bread
- Do not knead the dough too much. It will make the bread tough. It’s okay for the dough to be shaggy after you shape it!
- If the top of the bread is starting to look too dark without the center being done, top with a sheet of aluminum foil for the remainder of the cooking time.
- Make sure to use cold butter. This will keep the dough from being too sticky and the bread to have a tender texture.
- You can use all-purpose flour in place of the white whole wheat flour. Just make sure that you flour the surface that you are kneading the dough on as the dough will be stickier than if you used the white whole wheat flour.