5 Irish Bread Recipes FOR YOU TO TRY

irish soda bread on a chopping board

An Irish bread recipe is an easy way to bring an authentic Irish feel to your kitchen. The recipes use traditional ingredients like oatmeal, soda bread, and whole wheat flour to give these loaves a delicious and unique flavour that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Irish bread recipes are simple and delicious and can be enjoyed year-round. Each recipe continues to be enjoyed by generations of Irish families, and making these loaves is a great way to bring a bit of Irish flavour to your kitchen. Whether you are looking for a hearty side dish to accompany a stew or a sweet treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, Irish bread recipes have something to offer everyone.

Irish  Soda Bread

Irish soda bread freshly baked

Irish Soda Bread is a rustic and hearty recipe that is usually prepared with whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, and buttermilk. This recipe has a light and moist texture that is characterized by the use of coarse-ground oats. The loaf can be served alongside a hearty stew or spread with butter for a pleasant snack. Many Irish families add extra ingredients, such as raisins, caraway seeds, and currants, to give the recipe a unique flavour.


To prepare a basic loaf of Irish soda bread, you’ll need three cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, and one teaspoon of salt. Additionally, you’ll need one and a half cups of buttermilk and three tablespoons of melted butter. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by lightly greasing it with butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt until blended. Once combined, create a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the melted butter. Pour the buttermilk into the well and gradually draw in the flour from the edges of the bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir until all of the flour is absorbed and the dough forms a ball.

On a lightly floured board, knead the dough for two minutes and shape it into a round disc with a thick circumference. Lift the round of dough and place it onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a knife on a slicing angle, divide the round with a shallow X mark. This will provide an even bake and allow moisture to escape during the baking process.

Bake the loaf at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. If you’d like a darker crust, place the baking sheet over the oven rack for an extra five minutes to ensure it’s evenly cooked. Once finished, remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to cool completely before serving.

The result is a warm, slightly sweet loaf of soft Irish soda bread that’s perfect for any occasion. Enjoy it lightly toasted with some butter, honey or jam. You can also incorporate it in savoury meals or use it as the base for sweet desserts like Irish soda bread pudding. No matter how you use it, one thing is for sure your batch of Irish soda bread will be sure to please.

Wholemeal Irish Bread

wholemeal Irish bread

Wholemeal Irish Bread is prepared with wholemeal flour, butter, and an egg. This recipe can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes, which makes it a great option for an appetizer or side dish. The wholemeal flour gives the bread a hearty and filling texture that is ideal for serving with stews or other savoury dishes.


To prepare this delicious bread, one needs just a few simple ingredients, and a few steps to take:


* 4 2/3 cups of wholemeal flour,

* 2 tablespoons of olive oil

* 2 tablespoons of salt

* 1 teaspoon of honey

* 2 tablespoons of baking powder

* 2 tablespoons of butter

* 2 and 1/4 cups of lukewarm water


1. Begin by preheating the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

2. In a bowl, combine the wholemeal flour, baking powder, salt and honey and mix the ingredients together well.

3. Create a well in the centre of the bowl and pour the lukewarm water into it.

4. Start to mix and knead the dough together until all the ingredients are combined.

5. Grease a loaf tin with olive oil and butter and press the dough into the tin, making sure to spread it evenly.

6. Bake the loaf for approximately 45 minutes in the preheated oven.

7. Check the loaf by sticking a skewer into it – if it comes out clean, it is ready.

8. Once ready, take out from the oven and allow to cool before slicing into thick, hearty segments which are perfect with butter and jam.

Once prepared, a hearty and flavourful Wholemeal Irish Bread is ready to be served and enjoyed by the whole family. The wholemeal flour in the recipe means that it is packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals, making it a healthier alternative to white bread and is a great way to get more of these essential nutrients into our diets. This recipe is sure to provide a delicious, wholesome loaf, the tradition and taste of which will be remembered fondly.

Potato Bread


Potato Bread is a traditional Irish favourite that uses leftover mashed potatoes and whole wheat flour. The result is a rich and moist bread with a delicious flavour. Potato bread can be served with butter or spread with jam or honey for a sweet treat.


To make the recipe, you will need 2 cups of mashed potatoes, 1 ½ tsp of salt, 1 ½ tsp of baking powder, 2 cups of all-purpose flour, and 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, mix together the mashed potatoes and salt. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Once those ingredients are combined, add them to the potato mixture and stir until combined. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, then shape it into a rectangular loaf. Place the loaf on a greased baking sheet and lightly score the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.

Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. The method is done when a toothpick inserted near the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Irish Potato Bread is best served warm with a spread of butter. It can also be used to make fabulous sandwiches. To make a grilled sandwich, melt a few slices of your favourite cheese on one side of the bread, then top with a few slices of ham and fold, pressing down lightly. Heat the sandwich on both sides until the cheese is melted. The warm, potato flavour of this recipe, combined with the cheesy, salty ham is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Making homemade loaves is an ancient art that should be passed on to future generations. And, with its easy-to-follow steps, delicious flavours, and low cost, this Irish Potato Bread is one of the best recipes to start with. Enjoy!

Irish Fried Bread

bread dough in a bowl

Irish Fried Bread is a rich and buttery recipe that is prepared in a skillet with cream, sugar, butter, and raisins. It can be served with a variety of toppings, including butter and honey or jam. The recipe is also served with cheese, mushrooms, and baked beans for a hearty meal.


To begin, you will need the following ingredients: one teaspoon of sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ¾-1 cup of water.

To start the recipe, melt two tablespoons of butter in a medium-sized bowl. Then add the sugar and mix the two ingredients together until it forms a paste-like consistency. This will be the base of your fried bread recipe.

Next, add the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt to the butter and sugar mixture in the bowl. Then, slowly add the water and mix the ingredients together until all the ingredients are fully combined and form a sticky dough.

Once the dough is made, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 5 minutes. This will help to create a smooth, uniform surface. After the 5 minutes are up, cover the dough and let sit for about 10 minutes.

Now it is time to begin frying. Heat up a pan with a small amount of oil over medium-high heat. The oil should be hot, but not smoking. If you do not have a thermometer to monitor the temperature, simply drop a small piece of dough into the pan and if it sizzles, the oil is ready for the frying process.

Take a small portion of the dough and flatten it out to about an inch in thickness. Carefully place the flattened dough into the heated oil and fry on each side until it is a golden brown colour. This should take just a few minutes.

Strain off any extra oil and place the fried bread onto a paper towel to help remove any excess oil. After a few minutes, the fried bread should be ready to enjoy.

Irish fried bread makes an excellent accompaniment to meals or it can be eaten with jam, honey, or just by itself. Additionally, it is a great food to have on hand to snack on as you are cooking. It is a perfect mix of convenience and deliciousness.

Overall, Irish fried bread is an easy and delicious food to make that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The simple ingredients come together to create a unique and delightful dish that your guests are sure to enjoy.

Oat Scones

oat scones on a white plate

Oat Scones are a delicious and healthy addition to any Irish bread recipe. The scones use a combination of oats, butter, and buttermilk to create a moist and flavorful scone that can be served as an appetizer or dessert. The scones can also be topped with honey, jam, or cream for a decadent treat.


Start the oat scone recipe by pre-heating your oven to 375 degrees F. While the oven is warming up, it’s time to make your scone dough by combining 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in 1/4 cup butter cubes, mixing until the mixture resembles a course meal.

Next, stir in 1/2 cup of uncooked oats into the flour mixture, followed by 1/3 cup of raisins. In a separate bowl, whisk an egg, 1/4 cup of 1 per cent milk, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Make a quick well in your dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it. Mix the dough until it is just combined.

Turn the dough onto a floured pastry cloth, kneading it five times, adding additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Roll the dough into a one-inch thick, 8-inch circle, using a lightly floured rolling pin. Transfer the circle to a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut the circle into wedges, using a sharp knife or pizza wheel.

Bake the scones in a preheated oven for 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the hot oat scones to a cooling rack, where they can cool for about 10 minutes. Serve the scones warm with some butter, jam, honey, or cheese topping of your choice.

Making your own Irish oat scones is a simple and satisfying process. The result is a delicious, traditional treat that is perfect for breakfast, tea time, or as an after-school snack. Furthermore, by making your own oat scones, you can control the content, minimizing added sugar and ensuring the freshest ingredients. Enjoy your Irish oat scones with those you love and savour the taste of the Emerald Isle.

Check out some more of my articles below

Cliffs of Moher Guide

Irish History Explained

A Brief History of Guinness

Ireland Travel Guide

24 Things to do and see in Limerick

Things to see and do in Adare

John C

Hey, my name is John Conway and I love travelling around Ireland. I have a passion for All Things Ireland. I love the Emerald Isle! I love Guinness and green fields!

Recent Posts