Easy Mini Irish Soda Bread is a treat for St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish Afternoon Tea, or any spring gathering. They’re moist and tender with melted butter, sweetened with raisins, and rich with buttermilk. And to me… perfect in every way.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread is, like all “authentic” recipes, they evolve over generations. Their ingredients, most usually, are carefully guarded family secrets. And each household tends to create, or recreate its own unique blend. Those fortunate few whose family recipes survive migrations over ocean and land become generational treasures. Faded handwritten index cards that connect us to our familial past.
While I have many ancestral lines to Ireland, including my Grandmother O’Hara, I don’t have any faded and frayed family recipes for Irish Soda Bread, though it was a staple. If only I could go back to those younger years and write theirs down.
But the trial and error of discovering my favorite Irish soda bread recipe is a delicious journey my family wholeheartedly supports. I’m smiling because it doesn’t take any of them long to migrate to the kitchen when that oh-so-distinctive aroma begins floating through the house.
This Mini Irish Soda Bread recipe is one that has made it to my card file — with a wholehearted endorsement for future generations. It’s delicious! I love the individual portions that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish Afternoon Tea, or any day throughout the year when one needs a little Irish comfort.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread
You might also like to take a look at our other St. Patrick’s Day or Irish recipes.
Easy Pantry Ingredients
Gather together the following ingredients:
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Sugar, granulated
Making Mini Irish Soda Bread
Much like a “traditional” Irish Soda bread, this dough comes together quickly and easily. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. You can use your fingers or a pastry cutter. Add the raisins and then make a well in the center.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the buttermilk. Combine the ingredients until there are no dry flour pockets.
Portion the dough into 9 mounds, which should equal about 1/2 cup. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 to 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. You can use your fingers or a pastry cutter. Add the raisins and then make a well in the center.
- Pour 1 cup of buttermilk into the well in the center of the flour mixture. Using a fork or your hands, combine the ingredients just until the dough begins to come together. Add additional buttermilk if necessary, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and gently knead until it fully comes together.
- Divide the dough into 9 mounds of about ½ cup each. Transfer the dough to the parchment-lined baking sheet, cut a cross in the top, and brush each a drizzle of buttermilk.
- Bake until slightly risen and golden brown; 20 to 22 minutes. For me, I can't imagine Irish Soda Bread without a drizzle of the finest honey I can find. It's such a treat! Serve warm or room temperature. And... they freeze exceptionally well too.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 7g