Traditional Irish Soda Bread

This traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe is SO easy to make (no kneading!) and goes perfectly with a heart beef or lamb stew, as well as a wonderful complement to a hearty soup!
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Course: Bread, Side
Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 306kcal
Author: Kylee Cooks


For brushing on the loaf

  • 1 Tbs butter melted


  • Preheat the oven to 400F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the flours, sugar, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar until well blended.
  • Cut the butter in, using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives) until it resembles very coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Pour in the buttermilk and stir very briefly, until it JUST comes together (it will be shaggy, see below).
  • Dump the mixture out onto a floured surface, and pat it into a round shape.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut a cross into the top (see photo).
  • Bake for 40 minutes, until the bread is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.
  • Allow to cool before cutting into slices or wedges.
  • Devour.



Kylee's Top Tips for Irish Soda Bread:

Don't overmix the dough - it needs to be shaggy (see the pics for reference)
Pat it into shape, don't knead it to make it smooth. Shaggy is GOOD!
Add raisins if you so desire (I don't but others do)
Add cheddar and bacon bits to the dough - you'll have a non traditional loaf, but it will be delicious!


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 758mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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