King Arthur's Irish Soda Bread


This recipe from King Arthur Baking Company is just the thing to bake up for St. Patrick's Day.

King Arthur’s Irish Soda Bread
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 ¼ cups white whole-wheat flour

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) cold butter, cut into 8 pieces, plus 1 tablespoon melted (optional)

  • cup currants or raisins

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 ⅓ cups buttermilk, plus more as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat an 8- or 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work in cold butter until it's evenly distributed and no large chunks remain. Stir in currants (or raisins).

  3. Whisk egg and buttermilk in a small bowl. Gradually add to the dry ingredients, stirring until the flour is fully incorporated. The dough will be stiff; if it's too crumbly to squeeze together, add another tablespoon or two of buttermilk. Knead the dough a couple of times to make sure it's holding together, then shape it into a ball. Flatten slightly and place in the prepared pan. Use a sharp knife to cut a ½-inch-deep cross on the top of the loaf.

  4. Bake the bread until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Brush the top with melted butter, if desired. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

To make ahead

Store tightly wrapped at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
5g Fat
37g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Vitamin A 160IU 3%
Sodium 309mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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