‘Organic Go Bragh’

Try this delectable Irish Soda Bread recipe for St. Patrick’s Day – or anytime!

This lucky recipe is perfect at any time of year, but we especially love making it for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a honey-kissed version of Irish Soda Bread that we simply can’t resist.

Fun fact about Irish soda bread: Although it might seem like an age-old recipe, Irish soda bread has only been around since the 1830s. (OK, a couple hundred years is quite a while!) It became popular when baking soda (or bi-carbonate soda) was first introduced in Ireland.

But … even before that, those recognized as the first to use soda to leaven their bread were American Indians. They are documented as using pearl ash – a natural form of soda created from the ashes of wood – to leaven their breads without the presence of yeast.

So, now that the history lesson is over, let’s make some deliciously sweet AUNT SUE’S® Irish Soda Bread! Here’s how:


  • 1/4 cup AUNT SUE’S® Raw & Unfiltered Organic Honey
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup margarine or shortening
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Mix together flour, cinnamon and baking soda in large bowl; cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in raisins.
  • Add buttermilk, egg and AUNT SUE’S® Organic Raw & Unfiltered honey to flour mixture; stir to make soft dough.
  • Turn out onto lightly floured surface to knead 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  • If dough seems too dry, add a little more buttermilk. If it seems too sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Shape into flattened round ball and place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Brush top with additional milk and cut an “X” in the top with a sharp knife.
  • Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes or until golden brown and crusty.
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