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Chocolate Chip Irish Soda Bread

This Chocolate Chip Irish Soda Bread has been modernized to taste delicious. The chocolate chips give it a nice, indulgent quality.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: brown sugar irish soda bread, irish soda bread, irish soda bread recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 424kcal
Cost: $8


Irish Soda Bread:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter cold
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk shaken
  • 1 large egg beaten, for egg wash (optional)

Salted Honey Butter:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey


To Make the Soda Bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Using a box grater, grate the butter into the dry ingredients and mix quickly, being sure the butter is broken up into pea-sized bits. Next, add the rolled oats and chocolate chips; toss them gently in the flour mixture so they are evenly distributed.
  • Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon, mix it together until it forms a shaggy ball. Drop the soda bread dough onto a lightly floured counter and knead a few times, being sure to not over handle it, which will result in tough bread. Form the soda bread into a 1 1/2-inch thick disc. Using a knife, score the top, forming an X, and brush it with the egg wash OR you could always use buttermilk.
  • Transfer the soda bread to the baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, and until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve warm with plenty of honey butter.

To Make the Honey Butter:

  • Mix together the butter, salt and honey. Mix until smooth. Serve alongside soda bread.


To Make Ahead: 
You can make this irish bread dough, form it into a round and then freeze it on a baking sheet for 1 hour. Transfer to a freezer-safe plastic bag and then bake from the freezer. You might need to add about 5 to 7 minutes to the baking time. 
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Serving: 6g | Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg