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Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles

Karen’s Irish Soda Bread Waffles

All the flavor and crunch of Irish Soda Bread – but delicious waffles!

Buttermilk based waffles with a boost of caraway seeds and raisins – great for breakfast, brunch, or the ultimate snack… I can’t stop eating them!
Works perfectly with regular flour or gluten free! 

Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles
Karen’s Irish Soda Bread Waffles – SO crispy on the outside, tender inside. These are made with gluten free flour. 
The batter is enriched with Raisins and Caraway seeds for a punch of Irish Soda Bread flavor.
A new Saint Patrick’s Day tradition!
Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles
Karen’s Irish Soda Bread Waffles – cut in quarters, ready to eat 
These heavenly waffles are begging for a good pour of Real Maple Syrup!
Grades of Maple Syrup:
Get to know the right level of maple intensity…
  • Golden: Lightest color with delicate, subtle flavor. Usually made at the beginning of the new maple season
  • Amber: medium intensity with rich maple flavor; light amber color
  • Dark:  Intense, a more robust maple flavor with a pleasing dark color
  • Very Dark: Darkest color of all with strong intense, robust maple flavor with a pleasing dark color, usually made at the end of the maple season.

Vermont Maple Syrup is said to have a lower water content and higher sugar content than other maple syrups.
All syrup produced in Vermont is 100% natural with nothing added.
Pure maple syrup is made by concentrating the slightly sweet sap of the sugar maple tree.

Who produces the largest amount of Maple Syrup worldwide?

Vermont consistently produces the most maple syrup in the United States, producing more than half a million gallons each year. Quebec, Canada is by far the largest producer of syrup in North America with production exceeding 6.5 million gallons.

Should we be being using Organic Maple Syrup?
The real difference in organic maple syrup vs. non-organic is the assurance that an organic producer has treated his or her woods, not as a sap factory but as a living ecosystem. For us to be certified organic, we need to show we have maintained biodiversity in our forest. Organic maple syrup producers must ensure the presence of 15% companion species, which means at least 15% of the trees in their woodlot must not be maple. I have not purchased organic yet, but think it’s worthwhile.

Still using Aunt Jemima Syrup? It’s not maple syrup but “imitation syrup with an artificial maple flavor.”
Think again – – Ingredients: Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Cellulose Gum, Caramel Color, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Sodium Benzoate And Sorbic Acid (Preservatives), Sodium Hexametaphosphate.
Switch to REAL Maple Syrup with ONE ingredient! The flavor is intense, you’ll use less than the commercial stuff above.

Ingredients for Karen's Irish Soda Bread
Ingredients for Karen’s Irish Soda Bread

Simple Pantry Ingredients ~ You will use: Buttermilk, Eggs, Flour (I’ve used Gluten Free Bob’s 1 to 1), Melted Butter, Neutral Oil, Sugar, Caraway Seeds, Raisins (or currants), Vanilla, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Powder and Baking Soda.

Making the batter for Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles
Making the batter for Karen’s Irish Soda Bread Waffles
“Wet ingredients are added to the bowl and whisked, then the “dry ingredients” are added and whisked as well.
The batter can stand while your waffle iron heats up.

The batter is made in just minutes – heat up your waffle iron and let the fun begin!

Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles
Recipe makes 4, 7″ waffles = 8 servings 
Just Like Irish Soda Bread – these waffles have a crusty exterior and hides a perfectly moist and fluffy crumb.
Karen's Irish Soda bread Waffles
See the texture – Crispy… and a high rise!
Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles with Maple Syrup and Strawberries
Pile them up!

Tips for making and using a Waffle Maker:

  • Make sure your waffle maker is hot before adding the first ladle of batter
  • Clean your waffle maker before using! A damp q-tip works perfectly
  • Oil your waffle maker for ease of waffle removal – I use a pastry brush dipped in oil
  • Fill the waffle maker high with batter – this recipe make 4, 7″ waffles
  • Close the waffle maker and don’t peak until you see brown edges – peak only after 3 minutes for golden waffles
  • Waffles can be reheated! Place on a foil topped pan and broil 6″ from the heat source until crisped
  • For more “raisin look” – and taste, drop some cut raisins into the waffle maker before the batter
Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles
Karen’s Irish Soda Bread Waffles with a good pour of real maple syrup – I’m using my vintage maple syrup carafe – was once used in a diner.

Enjoy these waffles, a nice twist with Irish soda bread crunchy flavor,

Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles

Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles

All the flavor and crunch of Irish Soda Bread - but delicious Waffles! Buttermilk based waffles with a boost of Caraway Seeds and Raisins - great for breakfast, brunch, or the ultimate snack. Use Regular Gluten Free Flour.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 2 large eggs I use pasture raised
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil such as expeller pressed safflower
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted (I use organic)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups PLUS 2 tablespoons flour I used gluten free Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 3 tablespoons raisins (or currants) raisins; chop with oiled sharp knife


Make the Waffle Batter:

  • ADD first 6 ingredients to a large bowl - eggs through vanilla. Blend well with a wire whisk until smooth.
  • Add the last 7 ingredients - flour through raisins to the bowl (if using raisins, cut into smaller pieces with an oiled knife.)
  • Blend with the wire whisk until a nice batter is formed. Does not to be all that smooth; no large lumps. Let stand while you heat up the waffle iron.

Make the Waffles:

  • If you like MORE raisins - add a few cut raisins to the waffle iron BEFORE the batter - the raisins will appear on top of the waffles... that's a nice look!
  • Make sure your waffle iron is clean. Brush liberally with oil - close and let heat up. Add a 4 ounce portion of the batter to the iron (I use a 4 ounce laddle.) Close and let the batter cook. Do not peak too soon, only when you can see they are golden. Cook until a nice browned color is achieved and the waffles seem cooked through. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Continue with the next 3 waffles, oiling the iron before each addition.
  • Serve the waffles with PURE maple syrup and enjoy.


  • These waffles freeze well! Just wrap them tightly in waxed paper and seal in a plastic ziplock type bag or container.
    Waffles can get soggy when they stand for long. Broil them 6" from the heat source on a foil lined tray until just crisped.


This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: gluten free waffles, Irish soda bread waffles, waffles
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles
Serving Size
8 servings
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles

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    • Catherine
    • 17 Mar 2024

    5 stars
    Thanks for this great recipe. I made this morning as directed and all loved the waffles, no leftovers. I think the buttermilk added a lot of flavor and they were perfectly spiced. Yes, used real maple syrup. Will save the recipe and share!
    Nice to have an alternative to Irish soda bread on St. Patty’s Day.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Catherine for the review. Glad you loved the Irish Soda Bread waffles! No leftovers is a good sign. ?Karen

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