Pull Apart Soda Bread

Instead of baking one big loaf of Irish soda bread this St. Patrick's Day, make a version that yields individual servings.


  • 1.33 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) raisins
  • 0.25 cup caraway seeds
  • 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
  • 2 Ounce (4 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2.5 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for surface and dusting
  • 0.33 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • Salted butter, preferably Irish, for serving


  1. Start with our basic soda-bread recipe. After turning out the dough on a lightly floured surface, divide it into 16 equal pieces and, with floured hands, roll each into a ball. Transfer the balls to a parchment-lined baking sheet in 4 rows of 4, making sure each dough ball is touching the ones around it. With the tip of a paring knife, cut a 1/4-inch-deep X on each ball. Because the pull-apart rolls are smaller than a full loaf, the baking time is cut in half. Cool to room temperature before serving with plenty of salted Irish butter.

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