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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

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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
Cuisine Irish
Keyword baking, bread, from scratch, Irish, quick bread, soda bread, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 10 slices
Calories 214
Author Laurie McNamara


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


  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg