Best Irish Soda Bread Recipes…..

I especially love St. Patrick’s Day because it was about the time I met my husband Joe.   We went to a St. Patty’s Day Party on our first date.  It was then that I knew I wanted to marry him.  Warm fuzzies:-)

I love the traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  So easy to make and so good.  Of course, you must serve Irish Soda Bread.  I make this bread often throughout the year as it goes great with any hearty soup or stew.

There are many, many Irish Soda Recipes out there but the latest one I tried was at my sister-in-law’s mother’s funeral.  I thought what?  A table of Irish Soda Bread at a funeral?  Of course, this was brilliant!  She was known for her delicious soda bread.  It was so sweet, they had shamrock decorated table with offering slices of bread, wrapped bread to take home and her recipe printed on a pretty recipe card.  What a beautiful idea!

I LOVED her recipe.  It was a little sweeter than mine and had an amazing buttery taste.  I will be making her recipe this St. Patrick’s Day.

One of the things that I love most about cooking are cherished traditional family recipes.   Whatever you do, if you have a special recipe from your Mom or Grandma or any family member, make them and share them with your kids.  Dear Margie will live on through her fabulous recipe.  Here it is.

Love the simplicity of the recipe.  You can tell that she made it over and over again so her recipe did not need tons of direction.

The recipe is large.  I am thinking the four pans used for baking would be 8-9″ round.    You could also make half of the batch in mini loaf pans, filling them a little over half full.  Baking time would be about 30 minutes at 350′.   This bread would make amazing french toast!!

Have a wonderful day!


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  1. I LOVE Irish Soda Bread, but always seem to fail when I make it. Use it for French toast, oh yum!

    • This recipe is pretty easy. I have to say I don’t think I’d use my hands to mix, I can’t stand stuff on my hands!!
      Have a great day Jacky!

  2. I wasn’t able to make Mrs. O’Toole’s funeral, as I live in California. Mary Ellen was going to send me the recipe card, but all of them were taken due to the huge turnout at the wake. So it is perfect that you posted this. I am going to make it for the kids St. Patrick’s Day party at school.

    • Well that worked out perfectly! It was the sweetest thing I’d ever seen, so lovely. Have a great day and thanks for visiting!