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Irish Soda Bread with Flax

March 15, 2011
steaming hot soda bread

Baking is not one of my specialties, only because you have to be so exact on ingredients. I am more of a “little of this, little of that” kind of cook, so baking doesn’t always work out for me. It’s super easy to make, there’s no yeast involved.

If you missed my previous post, it tells all about the history of Saint Patrick’s day and why we celebrate certain traditions, like corned beef and cabbage. Check it out here!

I also made a video about how to make this bread. Watch it:

irish soda bread

Irish Soda Bread with Flax


  • 2   1/4 cups white or wheat flour (I made it both ways and both were delicious!)
  • 1/2-cup ground flax seed meal
  • 1/4-cup sugar
  • 1  1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon ground caraway seed
  • 1 cup large raisins
  • 5 tablespoons cold Irish butter, cut in cubes

To Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, ground flax, baking soda, salt, and caraway.
  • Cube the butter and work it into the dough with your hands, until it becomes a crumbly texture.
  • Gently stir in the buttermilk.
  • Stir in raisins
  • Sprinkle a little flour on a clean work surface and knead the dough about 6 times.

  • Form the dough into a round disk and place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Cut an X into the top (like the picture) and brush with buttermilk.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, until the top gets browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Enjoy with butter, jelly, or plain because it’s that good.

It tastes best when it’s warm!

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  • Reply Clarkie @ Beloved Green March 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Love the steamin’ photo. Now that is fresh.

  • Reply flax hull lignans December 15, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Dear Healthyfortwo,
    Cool Post, There’s nothing quite like a strong cup of Irish tea with lashings of milk. Add a plate of buttery short bread and Irish soda bread with homemade jam or lemon curd, and you’re sure to impress your guests and please their taste buds. Combine this with small sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese and you’ve got an all out event.

    • Reply Kranbox December 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Yum! I love throwing food events. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  • Reply Chris Locke March 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Nice job on the bread, absolutely divine! I’m inspired to do a little baking of my own this rainy weekend.

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  • Reply Gibran January 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Just tried your recipe a bit ago, very tasty! Thanks.

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