Irish Soda Bread is a quick-bread recipe 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.
Course Breads & Baked Goods
Keyword baking, bread, from scratch, Irish, quick bread, soda bread, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 15mins
Cook Time 50mins
Total Time 1hr5mins
Author Laurie McNamara
3cupsunbleached all-purpose flour
1cupwhole wheat flour
2tablespoonunsalted buttermelted and cooled
Move oven rack to the lower third of your oven and preheat to 450°.
In a large mixing bowl, measure and add the flours, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
Next, pour in the melted and cooled butter and buttermil. Use a rubber spatula to mix until incorporated.
With floured hands, knead the dough ( I do this directly in the bowl) for 1 minute.
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.
Use the parchment to lower the dough into a round dutch oven.
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.
Carefully use the parchement to lift the baked Irish soda bread out of the pot and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Once safe to handle, transfer to a cutting board and slice.
Serve with softened salted butter, with or without jam.