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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread has only 5 ingredients, and is really easy to make! The perfect St. Patrick's Day bread recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish Bread, Soda Bread, St. Patrick's Day bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 Loaf
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Sandy Clifton


  • 4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Sugar optional
  • 2 cups Buttermilk


  • Heat oven to 450° F and set the rack to the highest position (as long as it has at least 4 inches clearance).
  • Lightly flour a baking sheet. Set aside.
  • In a wide mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and sugar. Then sift again.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix into the flour, working quickly (I use my hands).
  • Knead the dough gently. Not too much, so it doesn't toughen. Too little kneading and it won't rise enough.
  • Form a round loaf about 3-4 inches thick.
  • Use a floured knife to cut a cross in the top.
  • Immediately put into the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • The bread is done when tapping on the bottom with your knuckles sounds hollow.
  • Remove the loaf of bread from the oven and immediately wrap with a tea towel to prevent the crust from getting too hard.


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 82kcal