overhead shot of sweet Irish soda bread in a cast iron pan

Sweet Irish Soda Bread

Sweet Irish Soda Bread has a golden, crunchy, sweet crust with a moist, buttermilk interior, and tangy cranberries dotted throughout. This easy quick bread recipe mixes up in minutes!

Course bread, gluten free bread
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberries, gluten free, irish, raisin, soda bread, st. patricks day, sweet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 288 kcal


  • 4 cups all purpose flour or gluten free flour, (my preferred gluten free flour is Cup 4 Cup brand)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries**
US Customary - Metric


  1. Heat oven to 350º. Grease a cast iron skillet or 9" cake pan with butter.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together butter, buttermilk, and egg.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry, pouring it into the well and stir to form a soft dough. Add the cranberries and mix until no flour pockets remain.
  5. Shape dough into a ball (TIP: use lightly wet fingers if dough is sticky) and transfer to the prepared pan. Use a sharp knife to make an "X" on top of the the ball.
  6. Bake until set, about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Insert a knife or toothpick in the middle to make sure it's set in the middle. Baking times can be longer, depend on the size of pan you bake it in and if using gluten free flour, which takes longer. 


Recipe Notes

*Substitute for Buttermilk 

If you don't have buttermilk on hand, save yourself a trip to the store. It can easily be made at home in five minutes!

  1. Pour 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup.
  2. Add milk until you have 1 1/3 cup total liquid.
  3. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, stir, and then use.


**You can also sub in dried cherries or raisins for the cranberries.


Nutrition Facts
Sweet Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 231mg10%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.