Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread consisting of traditional ingredients like flour, baking soda, salt, butter and buttermilk. The flavor is mild with texture similar to the inside of a biscuit. Delicious served warm, spread with salted butter and jam or toasted and served with eggs and corned beef hash. One loaf yields 8 to 10 slices.

Irish Soda Bread in dutch oven

Nothing beats the smell of bread baking.

Have I said this before? Because I feel like I have. Whether you’re baking a crusty loaf of French bread, Italian ciabatta or Irish soda bread – the aroma as it bakes induces a mouthwatering reaction. At least for me it does. With that said, since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I would start off my two weeks of Irish themed recipes with a favorite of ours. You guessed it! Irish Soda Bread. It’s a simple quick bread recipe that doesn’t require any yeast, but instead uses baking soda (hence the name) as leavening agent.

This bread looks impressive but actually comes together rather quickly and bakes in under an hour.

Irish Soda Bread

You can toast it and serve it with corned beef hash. Or it can be enjoyed warm with a smear of salted butter and jam. 

Irish Soda Bread ingredients

To Make Irish Soda Bread You Will Need:

  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • whole wheat flour
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • unsalted butter
  • low-fat buttermilk

dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, measure and add 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt.

whisked dry ingredients

Whisk well to combine.

add melted butter and buttermilk to dry ingredients

Next, pour in 2 tablespoons (melted and cooled slightly) unsalted butter and 1-3/4 cups low-fat buttermilk.

stir to combine

Use a rubber spatula to incorporate the wet into the dry ingredients.

sticky somewhat shaggy dough

Once combined, use your hands to knead the dough for 1 minute. I do this directly in the bowl.

shape into a ball and dust with flour

Shape the dough into a ball and lightly dust with a little flour.

transfer to parchment paper and place in dutch oven

Place the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to score the top with an “X” before using the parchment to lower the dough into a round dutch oven.

cover and bake

Replace the lid and bake in the lower third of your oven for 40 minutes.

uncover and continue baking

Then uncover, oooh and ahh over it and then continue baking uncovered for 10 or more minutes.

browned Irish Soda Bread

Until the bread is golden brown. In my oven 10 minutes is perfect, however it may take a few minutes extra in yours. Just keep an eye on it.

Irish Soda Bread

Once safe to handle, use the parchment paper to lift the soda bread out of the pot and place onto a wire rack to cool slightly.

Irish Soda Bread

Transfer to a cutting board and use a bread knife to slice roughly ten 3/4 inch slices.

Irish Soda Bread

Slice and serve with salted butter and with or without jam.

Irish Soda Bread

Enjoy! And if you give this Irish Soda Bread recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
Yield: 10 slices

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread consisting of traditional ingredients like flour, baking soda, salt, butter and buttermilk. The flavor is mild with texture similar to the inside of a biscuit. Delicious served warm, spread with salted butter and jam or toasted and served with eggs and corned beef hash. One loaf yields 8 to 10 slices.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon (melted and cooled) unsalted butter
  • 1-3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Move oven rack to the lower third of your oven and preheat to 450°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, measure and add the flours, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Next, pour in the melted and cooled butter and buttermil. Use a rubber spatula to mix until incorporated.
  4. With floured hands, knead the dough ( I do this directly in the bowl) for 1 minute.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle the top with a little bit of flour before scoring an "X" on the top with a sharp knife.
  6. Use the parchment to lower the dough into a round dutch oven.
  7. Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Then remove the lid and continue to bake for 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown to your preference.
  8. Carefully use the parchement to lift the baked Irish soda bread out of the pot and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Once safe to handle, transfer to a cutting board and slice.
  10. Serve with softened salted butter, with or without jam.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 1127mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 15g

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