Though most bread relies on yeast to rise, Irish soda bread utilizes baking soda. For this reason, the reality is that Irish soda bread is much closer to a quick bread or scone than a loaf of bread. How to Make Irish Soda BreadIrish Soda Bread, recipe by Penguin LadyReady to get baking? This recipe for Irish soda bread is one of the most made, best-reviewed soda bread recipes on Allrecipes — and for good reason. Image zoom Credit: Katherine MartinelliMore Irish Soda Bread Recipes to TryWhile Penguin Lady's Irish soda bread recipe is spot on, some would argue that it's not "authentic" and is instead an Irish-American variation known as spotted dog soda bread.