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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Making bread from scratch is time-consuming, until now!  Irish Soda Bread is the EASIEST BREAD EVER to make. You’ll have the ingredients mixed and ready to put in the oven, before the oven has finished pre-heating – that’s how fast it comes together.

This is a traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe from my friend Brendan, a very friendly Irishman. In Ireland, it’s not called Irish Soda Bread; it’s just called Soda Bread. And depending on the type of flour that’s used, it’s either called, Brown Soda Bread (made with wheat flour) or White Soda Bread (made with white flour). I like to combine both. I use the whole-wheat flour for flavour and white flour for tenderness.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread has only 4 ingredients: flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt. That being said, all sorts of ingredients can be added. Sugar if you want it a little sweeter, eggs and butter for richness, nuts and seeds for crunch, or even Parmesan cheese and rosemary. But try making the basic recipe first, then start experimenting.

This is the kind of bread you serve with a cheese or smoked salmon platter, dipped in a rich stew or curry, or even toasted the next day with butter and jam.


Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread


1 cup all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 400F.
  2. Whisk together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl (make sure you mix it well to evenly disperse the soda and salt and to aerate the flour).
  3. Pour in the buttermilk. Using the end of a wooden spoon or butter knife, stir the mixture slowly until the buttermilk is incorporated.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and LIGHTLY knead 4 times. Carefully shape dough into a circle and gently flatten to 2 inches thick. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, mark an “x”, from end to end on top of the loaf.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, flip over the loaf and give it a tap with your knuckles. If it sounds hollow, it’s done!
  6. Place on a cooling rack to cool. Slice and serve with butter.

Irish Soda Bread Tips:

  • Another way to tell if the soda bread has finished cooking is to stick a skewer into the centre, it comes out clean, it’s done, if it doesn’t, stick it back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
  • Rest the loaf on 2 upside down forks if you don’t have a cooling rack.
  • Allow the bread to rest covered with a tea towel if you want a softer crust.
  • You can butter or oil the baking sheet instead of using parchment paper.

Watch this video, it’s awesome.  It will show you how easy soda bread is to make!

One comment

  1. I love soda bread! I’ll give this one a whirl:)