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How to: Making Irish Soda Bread at Downtown Disney

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

I’m just home from a lovely trip to Ireland, where hearty Irish soda bread was served with every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rounded loaf is a snap to make if you have an expert like Chef Kevin Dundon from Raglan Road at Downtown Disney to show you how to make the real deal. Give it a try, then serve slathered liberally with sweet butter.


  • Thank you Pam. I can’t wait to go back to Downtown Disney to try it. :)

  • If you contact the Chef at Raglan Road he will be able to help, he can talk you through the process and see where it went wrong.

  • We tried to make this bread and it came out looking right but was really dense and non bread like inside. What did we do wrong?

  • Darn almost vegan until he put in that buttermilk. I am sure I can substitute it. Gee the recipe looks so easy.

  • Thank you for this! I lived in Dingle Town for a bit and after a recent trip to Raglan Road my love of Irish soda bread

  • We recently took a vacation in Ireland, and we, also, loved the brown bread served at all our Bed & Breakfasts. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. We love to bring back something from all of our trips around Europe that we can incorporate into our lives…and this one is a keeper!

  • That is so cool! And what perfect timing! My son’s birthday is on Wednesday and instead of cake, he wants brownies and Irish soda bread!!! Very fortuitous!

  • wish I’d seen this *before* I went to the store today! I’m out of both buttermilk and wheat flour, but this looks like a must try recipe!

  • That sounds really good, I have to try it. Where is Raglan Road in Downtown Disney? :)

    • Raglan Road is the distinctive Irish pub near Portobello restaurant; between Downtown Disney Marketplace and Downtown Disney West Side, closer to the Marketplace.

  • Is this the same bread the Irish commonly refer to as “Brown Bread”? We had Brown Bread with every meal in Ireland, loved it, and I sat on the floor of a Galway City bookstore digging thru cookbooks to find it but the recipes I came home with didn’t really cut it…

    • Same bread — though made differently everywhere in Ireland!

  • Irish Soda Bread Guinness Dipping sauce: ( found on Disboards)
    1 pint Guinness
    1 pint sugar

    Boil in pot and bring down to a simmer.
    Leave on for 15 minutes.
    Watch that it doesn’t boil over.

    We asked for this at Raglan Road and the chef (Caroline Ingle) came out and wrote it on an order ticket for us. We’ve tried using this as a marinade on steak for grilling – tasted pretty good! Just have to watch the meat so that the sugar doesn’t burn.

  • Thanks for the recipe but I think the buttermilk measure may be off. I don’t see how 14 oz of buttermilk can equal 3/4 cup. I think it’s supposed to be
    1 & 3/4 cups. 3/4 cup would be only 6 oz.

    • Should be 1 3/4 cup.

  • In Northern Ireland we call that Wheaten Bread.
    For Raquel it wouldn’t normally have raisins or caraway seeds.
    I wonder where Pam stayed that they served it for every meal- it’s pretty much a meal in itself! Great with a wee bowl of soup.

    • Hi Gillian, indeed, it was served with every meal in Kinsale, Dingle Town and Dublin!

  • We just ate at Rqaglan Road for the first time on July 15…the bread was great but the dip they fix for you is incredible…I would love that recipe to go along with the bread?

    • let me try to get the recipe!

  • Even I might be able to do that! We love Ragalan Road! Can’t wait to see it for our 13th wedding anniv. on Oct. 4th!

  • That’s so easy…

  • Wow that was easy! Could someone tell me whether it’s customary to add raisins and/or (i beielieve) caraway seeds? Inquiring mind would like to know. Thanks

    • In Ireland, “true” soda bread has neither. But if you like a little sweeteness, raisins would be delish. Ditto if you like the taste of caraway.

  • Thanks for showing us how easy.. I’m making one today !

  • I’m going to try this tonight! Looks so easy!

  • you didn’t show us how to cut the top. Did you think that was to complicated for us?

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