Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top

The Best Irish Soda Bread - with Cherries and Granola ToppingTender, aromatic, slightly sweet Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top, for Saint Patrick’s Day. 

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Secretly, I would forego all other Irish dishes for soda bread… It’s BREAD for Pete’s sake.

I’d take that over cabbage or fried fish any day of the week.

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That’s not to say I don’t love traditional Irish cuisine, and the Irish-American favorites we all know and crave.

Yet to me, nothing takes the place of freshly baked bread. That hot earthy wheat aroma wafting from steaming crusty loaves, is irresistible. Slathered it in butter and you’ve got something truly magical.

See? I knew you would see it my way.

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March seems to kick off bread baking season in our family. I start with hearty Irish Soda Bread, then move onto yeasty sandwich bread loaves, then soft fluffy rolls for Easter.

I love homemade bread of all varieties, passionately, but there’s nothing more appealing than a rustic soda bread recipe with a note of sweetness.

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Irish Soda Bread is a quick-bread variation, designed for no-fuss flavor and ease.

There’s no waiting around for the bread to rise. Adding baking soda instead of yeast, means you simply knead the dough into a hefty loaf and place it in the oven.

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Baking soda causes Irish Soda Bread to rise in the oven, but the loaves stay dense and moist.

Irish soda bread can be baked plain and savory, but it is the perfect platform for sweetness!

How to Make Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Topping #irish #sodabread

I have a classic sweet soda bread recipe that I posted several years ago, with currents and caraway seeds. However today’s version, Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top, is an updated version that offers bold flavor and vibrant aromas.

Dried cherries and orange zest are mixed into the dough to flavor the bread. Then I top the loaf with a quick homemade honey granola mixture to give it a crunchy nutty crust!

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This amazing Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top combines a rustic, yet tender, sweet loaf with a sturdy golden crust, perfect for topping with salty butter.

Like this…

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Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top is just the kind of bread to kick-off my bread season.

And your’s too!

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Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top

Yield: 1 large loaf

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:45 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Tender aromatic Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top, just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. A slightly sweet Irish Soda Bread Recipe with chunky goodness.


For the Irish Soda Bread:

  • 3 cups organic all purpose flour
  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup whole oats
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 1/2+ cups buttermilk
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup dried cherries

For the Granola Topping:

  • 1/4 cup whole oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Measure the flours, oats, baking soda, salt, and sugar into a large bowl. Mix well, then use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is the size of small peas.
  2. Mix in the orange zest and cherries. Then stir in the buttermilk. Once the mixture forms a ball, dump it out onto a floured surface and knead several times to form a smooth ball. (If the dough is too dry to knead, add 1 -2 tablespoons of extra buttermilk.)
  3. Place the ball on the baking sheet and press down until it’s a 2 1/2 inch thick disk. Mix the granola topping ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top. Then cut a shallow X in the top of the soda bread.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden and crusty. Check the top after 15 minutes. If the granola toppings start to turn too dark, cover loosely with a piece of foil and continue baking. Allow the soda bread to cool for 15 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 large loaf, Serving Size: 1/16th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 229 Calories
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Sodium: 314mg
  • Carbohydrates: 48.2g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 19.3g
  • Protein: 5.1g
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11 comments on “Irish Soda Bread with Cherries and Granola Top

  1. Lana | Never Enough Thymeposted February 27, 2015 at 7:54 am Reply

    Lovely treatment of traditional Irish Soda Bread!

  2. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted February 27, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply

    I love the orange zest in this. Such a fabulous way to brighten it up!

  3. Marlyposted February 27, 2015 at 8:39 am Reply

    You know a bread is going to be good when it looks delicious before it’s even baked! Love this!

  4. Heather Christoposted February 27, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply

    I don’t think I have ever had Irish soda bread! But this is a beautiful loaf Sommer!

  5. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 27, 2015 at 10:36 am Reply

    I love all the yummies you added to this bread!

    Rating: 5
  6. marlaposted February 27, 2015 at 11:24 am Reply

    I love all the nuts & seeds in this hearty bread!!

  7. Emily @ Life on Foodposted February 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I am digging the crunchy granola layer on top. It’s marvelous!!

    Rating: 5
  8. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cookingposted February 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm Reply

    Such a creative twist on soda bread! Love the granola on top!

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  10. Shirley Sanchezposted May 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Thank-you for this WONDERFUL recipe! I just baked this loaf and it’s absolutely FABULOUS!!!!

    Rating: 5
  11. Nancy Longposted March 2, 2018 at 8:53 am Reply

    have most everything but the cherries, but do have a ton of dried cranberries – might make this today