Irish Soda Bread and Irish Breakfast Tea

Irish Soda BreadIrish Soda Bread is a delicious quick bread that is very easy to prepare. I loved it the first time I ever tasted it was at my friend’s home. My friend is of Irish descent and she makes wonderful quick breads with spelt flour. Like all expert homemakers, she makes it with the touch of the fingers and the measure of the mind. There is no exact recipe or measurement but it comes out perfect each time.

On St. Patrick’s Day, we are all Irish. Each year I prepare corn beef and cabbage because the family enjoys it. I also make soda bread from a recipe in a cookbook my boys gave me for my birthday some years back. The bread comes out perfect each time. It is moist and delicious and the aroma from the baked bread is just amazing! I like to eat it warm with butter and a cup of tea.

Irish Soda Bread

This Irish Soda Bread recipe was adapted from the cookbook Celebration Breads by Betsy Oppenneer.

Irish Soda Bread
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 2 cups (300g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 4 tbsp (60g) butter
  • ½ cup (80g) raisins
  • 1 cup (240ml) low fat buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, caraway seeds, sugar, and orange zest until well combined. Cut in butter with pastry blender or using 2 knives until dry ingredients resemble coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in raisins.
  4. Add buttermilk and stir to mix. Gently knead several times until dough forms.
  5. Place dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and pat to form a 6 inch circle. Dust loaf with flour. Cut a cross on the top of the loaf about ½ inch deep.
  6. Bake for approximately 35 minutes. When you tap the loaf, it should have a hollow sound.
  7. Remove and cool on a rack.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Breakfast tea is a blend of several black teas, mainly Assam. It is full bodied and has a nice, rich amber color. To brew this tea, please check my post on Brewing the Perfect Cup of Black Tea.

Irish Breakfast Tea

Corned beef and cabbage always remind me of the old comic strip Bringing Up Father with Jiggs and Maggie. Jiggs was an Irishman who became rich in the United States but still maintained his old ways. He loved eating corned beef and cabbage, much to the consternation of his wife, Maggie who was a social climber out to impress. It was a fun syndicated strip to read.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I am submitting this to the Paddy’s Day Food Parade over at The Daily Spud.

Paddy's Day Food Parade
NOTE: This post was updated on March 12th, 2013 with new pictures. Minor changes were made to the write-up but the recipe remains the same.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎


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  1. Cinnamon-Girl says

    What a delicious feast for St. Paddy's Day! Your soda bread is perfect with a cup of tea. What a treat.

  2. Biren says

    Bellini Valli – Thanks for visiting and Happy St Paddy's Day to you too!

    Cinnamon Girl – Thanks! It is delicious with tea :)

  3. Biren says

    Shahana – A Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well :)

    Daily Spud – Thanks for visiting and Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  4. denise @ quickies on the dinner table says

    That looks like a great, big, scone and I think you know how mad I am for them – so I would of course, LOVE this! The texture look fantatic and I think I would be interesting to have fruit studded soda bread with a savoury dish like corned beef and cabbage.

    Btw, I've given you an award because I love your blog and recipes and I REALLY hope you accept it LOL Here's the link – hope you check it out!

  5. Biren says

    Christina@Teenie Cakes – Thanks for visitig and a very Happy St. patrick's Day to you as well!

    5 Star Foodie – Thank you! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!

    MaryMoh – Thanks very much! Happy St.Patrick's Day!

    Gulmohar – Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too! I hope you will try the soda bread :)

  6. Biren says

    denise@quickies on the dinner table – Gee…… Denise, I am speechless and excited all at the same time!!! You are awesome!

    I am HONORED to accept. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence and your constant support and encouragement.

  7. Supriya Nair says

    Amazing recipes here you have dear…love the clicks…and I am in luv with your china and cutlery…they add a special something to your clicks and I love the clicks

  8. The Cooking Ninja says

    I love the look of this bread. I'm going to try it out tonite. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  9. Stella says

    Ooh, this is the first soda bread post I've seen that really makes me want some-with a cup of tea that is!

  10. Biren says

    Supriya Nair – Thanks for your compliments and for visiting. I hope you return often.

    The Cooking Ninja – You won't be disappointed. I am really pleased with it :)

    Stella – Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will return often :)

  11. mangocheeks says

    I made my first ever soda bread last year (and it contained bananas too) and can vouch at its simplicity to make. I'll be making it again, soon in fact now that you've tempted me again.
    Warm wishes.

  12. Cookin' Canuck says

    Perfect with a cup of tea on St. Paddy's Day (or any other day). The buttermilk must make is so moist.

  13. Biren says

    Mangocheeks – Yes, it is quick and easy to make. Can be made any time of the year as it was quite delicious with butter and of course, tea. Thanks for visiting!

    Cookin' Canuck – Yes, I like it with a cup of tea. Buttermilk really does make breads very moist :)

  14. says

    I am so hungry now looking at that cabbage and corn beef! Your bread looks fabulous, I did one too yesterday for the first time, I love it more today, it tasted better :) Have a wonderful week.


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