I’ve combined ten fantastic Irish Soda Bread recipes and all of them are perfect for St Patrick’s day! Serve with traditional corned beef and don’t forget the Guinness!

irish soda bread

St Patrick’s Day is all about the corned beef and beer, but don’t forget the Irish Soda Bread on the side! It’s easy to make and unlike regular yeasted bread, you don’t have to wait until it rises. Irish soda bread is more like a scone or a biscuit and can be mixed with lots of different ingredients like you see in the posts below.

Traditional soda bread never had anything mixed through it, because back in the day, only rich people would have had access to dried fruits like currants and sultanas and soda bread was the least expensive bread to have available to families.

So what makes Irish soda bread rise?

With only a few ingredients in the recipe, the two important ones that make the magic happen is baking soda and buttermilk. The soda reacts with the acidic buttermilk and creates the lift the bread needs. I’ve heard that buttermilk can be difficult to source for some people but don’t worry because it can be easily made at home by combining 2 cups whole milk with 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for 10-ish minutes and it should be slightly curdled and ready to use.

How long will my Irish soda bread last?

Irish soda bread doesn’t have a lot of moisture in it so I always like to treat it as a one-day bread. You can stretch it out for another day by keeping it wrapped in plastic or a sealed container and then if you still have some left after that, though I seriously can’t see this happening, it also tastes amazing toasted with butter!

Why do we cut a cross on the top of the bread?

I don’t think there’s any solid explanation for this. Some people relate it to Ireland and it’s large Catholic community and being a lucky symbol for the house. I think it’s more for even cooking because the bread is so dense and the center would take much longer to completely cook than the shallower sides of the soda bread.

How is Irish soda bread served?

You can serve it plain or spread some really good quality butter on it!

Kitchen Confidante- Irish Soda Bread

irish soda bread

How To Feed A Loon- Traditional Irish Soda Bread

irish soda bread

The Wooden Skillet- Rosemary Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

cheesy irish soda bread

Foodness Gracious- Rosemary Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

Cheese filled Irish soda bread

Foodness Gracious- Chocolate Chunk and Pecans Soda Bread

chocolate irish soda bread

Honestly Yum- Irish Soda Breda with Dried Apricots

apricot irish soda bread

The Little Spice Jar- Garlic Cheddar and Chive Soda Bread

garlic chive irish soda bread

Everyday Eileen- Blue Ribbon Soda Bread

traditional irish soda bread

Jessica Gavin- Cheddar Bacon Irish Soda Bread

cheddar bacon irish soda bread

Alexandra Cooks- Irish Soda Bread

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Check out these other recipes that would be perfect for your St Patrick’s Day celebrations!

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Roasted cabbage with chopped bacon bits, olive oil and cippolini onions. Perfect for St Patrick's Day
Corned beef hash with onion, cilantro and a soft egg
Creamy Colcannon with Kale and Bacon
Deep fried Guinness beer battered onion rings with a Dijon dipping sauce