Jodi Boylan’s Amazing Irish Soda Bread

So, yes, this is going to come back to Mary Kate again. You probably think I’m obsessed with her…which I kinda am, but it’s cool. Mary Kate and her family really brought me into the Irish culture which I am now in love with so I’m very thankful to her for that. But I’m here to present Mary Kate’s mother’s (Jodi) amazing soda bread recipe. Last year I baked a soda bread (not her recipe) and it came out botched, so I was so so happy with this recipe and it came out beautifully this past Sunday. I take absolutely zero credit for this one, it is all Mary Kate’s mom. Try it out–you will definitely want to save this one!

Jodi (or Joj) with Packie, one of her five children

Jodi (or Joj) with Packie, one of her five children

  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Bake Time: 50-55 minutes


  • 2 cups flour [I used 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup regular–Mary Kate’s idea, came out wonderfully]
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter [softened]
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup raisins, craisins, chocolate chips [any of the extras you want to throw in]


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease up a bread pan
  • Mix the two flours, the sugar, and the butter together in a medium or large-sized bowl


  • Beat the egg and then put it into the flour/sugar/butter mixture


  • Pour in the buttermilk
  • Add the baking soda


  • Now fold or throw in any of the additives that you want. For my case, I just used raisins. I didn’t exactly just to 1/4 cup, I just sprinkled them on as I folded them in so that there were plenty spread out


  • Gently pour and spread into the bread pan, making sure it is even so it rises properly


  • Pop it into the oven (remember 350 degrees) and wait a dreadful tantalizing 50-55 minutes for it to bake.


And there you have it. A simple recipe, but an absolutely scrumptious one. I found myself wanting more after Chris and I finished the leftover loaf that Monday. This delicious soda bread does not require St. Patty’s Day for it to be made, make it any day for a delicious, semi-healthy treat! Give your thanks to the wonderful, beautiful Jodi!! Cheers!



11 Responses to "Jodi Boylan’s Amazing Irish Soda Bread"

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  1. Mary Kate

    March 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Yours looks so good! FYI: I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but buttermilk can be substituted with milk and a little bit of vinegar at the bottom of your measuring cup. My mom taught me this, since I don’t usually have buttermilk!

  2. Cathy Laws

    March 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Looks good!

  3. Cindy

    March 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I love the smell of homemade bread 😀 Your bread looks delicious!

  4. Meels on Wheels

    March 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    need to make this! I’m not a great baker but i feel like I could handle this. thanks for sharing.

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  6. sentimentalx

    March 25, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Where is the save button??

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