How to Make  Sourdough Irish Soda Bread

Learn how to make this sourdough bread made with sourdough discard.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

•Comes together in less than an hour •Perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any time of year! •Versatile with variations. •Crispy edges and moist, tender interior.


•All-purpose flour •Salt •Baking soda •Sugar •Orange zest •Caraway seeds •Raisins •Buttermilk •Egg •Sourdough discard •Butter •Raw sugar, for topping

1. Mix Dry Ingredients

Mix the all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, sugar, orange zest, and caraway seeds together.

2. Cut in the Butter and Raisins

Cut the cold butter into small cubes, toss into the flour, and break apart the pieces into smaller than peas. Add the raisins.

3. Whisk the Wet Ingredients

In a large measuring cup or another mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and sourdough discard.

4. Mix the Soda Bread Dough

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stir with a spatula to bring the dough together into a cohesive mass. Add more flour as needed.

5. Score the Bread

Place the Irish Soda Bread on a cast-iron skillet and score the top with an X using a bread lame or knife. Sprinkle coarse or raw sugar on top.

6. Bake

Bake the loaf at 400ºF (204ºC) for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is dark golden brown and baked through completely.

Cool Before Slicing

Before slicing, let the sourdough Irish soda bread cool for at least 30 minutes. Slice into wedges or slices and serve with butter!

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