Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread is a traditional Irish bread that’s hearty, rustic, and incredibly easy to make. It’s a classic recipe that requires only a few simple ingredients, making it perfect for beginners or anyone looking for a quick and delicious homemade bread. The key ingredient in Irish Soda Bread is baking soda, which reacts with the acidic buttermilk to create the bread’s signature texture and rise. This bread is best served warm, slathered with butter and jam, alongside a cup of tea. It’s a comforting and satisfying bread that’s sure to become a favorite in your home.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in most of the buttermilk.
  4. Using one hand with your fingers outstretched like a claw, stir in a full circle, bringing the flour in from the sides of the bowl. Continue mixing, adding more buttermilk if necessary, until you have a soft dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead it for a few seconds, just enough to bring it together and smooth it out.
  6. Shape the dough into a round loaf and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to score a deep cross into the top of the loaf.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 400°F (200°C) and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  8. Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Here are some tips for making delicious Irish Soda Bread:

  1. Don’t overmix the dough. Once you add the buttermilk, mix the dough until it just comes together. Overmixing can lead to a tough bread.
  2. Use a sharp knife to score the cross on top of the loaf. This helps the bread expand evenly as it bakes.
  3. For a softer crust, you can brush the top of the loaf with melted butter before baking.
  4. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 3/4 cups of milk. Let it sit for a few minutes before using.
  5. Feel free to add additional ingredients to your bread, such as raisins or caraway seeds, for extra flavor.
  6. Store any leftover bread in an airtight container at room temperature. It’s best eaten within a day or two, but you can also freeze it for longer storage.