Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

I am officially done with winter quarter at Drexel! Spring break here I come.

Irish soda bread is traditionally made leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, but I think it is delicious any time of the year! There are debates about what should be in a “traditional” irish soda bread, but this is the way I have always made it. Whether it is the most “traditional” or not, I don’t know, but what I do know, is that it is delicious.

Although I was spending most of my time studying for finals on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, my friends and I baked quick loaf of this bread on Sunday night. I have been making this recipe once a year for as long as I can remember. The recipe first came from the newspaper but has evolved over the years to my liking. Basically, you throw the dry ingredients into a bowl, add the butter, mix, add the liquid, mix, bake, and your bread is done. It takes a total of one hour maximum.

My friends and I finished the loaf in one night! Be warned.

Anyway, here is the recipe… it doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day for you to enjoy it either!

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

  • Servings: 1 small loaf
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  • 2 cups white whole wheat or whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed into small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins (optional: let soak for 10 minutes before using in 2 tablespoons bourbon)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch circular pan, or an 8 inch cast iron skillet with butter or oil.
  2. Mix the flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the cubed butter to the flour mixture and massage with your hands into the flour until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas.
  4. Add the raisins to the flour mixture and mix to coat the raisins- this allows an even suspension of raisins throughout the bread
  5. Add the buttermilk and mix until no flour streaks can be seen.
  6. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped

My plans for spring break include visiting my sister in Burbank, California (right outside LA). She currently works for Disney Imagineering, so I am spending the long weekend with her. We are starting the weekend with a sushi dinner and I am super excited to spend time together. Its been a little over two months apart, which is the longest we have ever gone not seeing each other. I think I am also going to make some other pit stops with friends… more about that will be in the upcoming posts so be on the look out.

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