Traditional Irish Soda Bread

The perfect Irish Soda Bread recipe for celebrating St. Patrick’s day. Quick & Easy to make using ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Green cookies, Green beer. Whatever works for you! I personally prefer to celebrate with a Traditional Irish Soda Bread.

The first time I made Irish Soda Bread was when I made Paul’s Quick Soda Bread.

And just like Paul’s Soda Bread, this recipe is super easy to make and does not require any time to rise as it does not use any yeast.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

This bread comes out with a crunchy crusty exterior while the interior is a dense but moist interior like you would expect from most loaves of bread.

The real beauty of this Irish Soda Bread is in its simplicity. No yeast means no waiting for the dough to rise. And in this case, a lot less kneading is required.

You actually don’t want to over-knead this dough. So once all the ingredients are mixed, all you need to do is form a nice ball and stick it in the oven for an hour. That simple.

So simple actually this would be a fun recipe to try with kids. No special ingredients and no special tools or skills are required to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

If you love making soda bread, you must try my Super Simple Soda Bread Recipe. Easy and Delicious! For another similar authentic recipe from Canada try my Traditional Canadian Bannock Bread recipe.

If you don’t have Buttermilk on hand, you can use this trick as a substitute: Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add milk and fill to the 1 cup measurement line. Stir the mixture together and let sit for 5 minutes. Since this recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups you will need to adjust accordingly.

cultured buttermilk blend

Another option is to use a cultured buttermilk blend. All you need to do is add water. I was very skeptical at first but in a pinch it works great!

Soda Bread is a type of quick bread that uses baking soda instead of yeast. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • All Purpose Flour
  • White Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk. Mix to combine.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter just until flour is moistened. The dough should be very sticky.
  4. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead 8 to 10 times. Shape the dough into a ball. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Dust dough lightly with flour. With a serrated knife, cut an X 4 inches long and about 1/4 inch deep.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer loaf to a wire rack to cool before serving.

Printable Recipe Card

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

The perfect Irish Soda Bread recipe for celebrating St. Patrick’s day. Quick & Easy to make using ingredients you already have in your pantry.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course Bread Recipes
Cuisine Irish
Servings 12 Slices
Calories 238 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients
 

  • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, Cold, Cubed
  • 1 ½ Cups Buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk. Mix to combine. 
  • Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter just until flour is moistened. The dough should be very sticky.
  • Turn dough onto a well-floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead 8 to 10 times.  Shape the dough into a ball. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Dust dough lightly with flour. With a serrated knife,  cut an X 4 inches long and about 1/4 inch deep. 
  • Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Transfer loaf to a wire rack to cool before serving.

Notes

If you don’t have Buttermilk on hand, you can use this trick as a substitute: Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add milk and fill to the 1 cup measurement line. Stir the mixture together and let sit for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 429mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 225IUCalcium: 86mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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4 Comments

  1. Marilyn Tolan says:

    Can I add raisins & can baking pan be lined w/parchment paper?TY for reply

    1. Yes on the parchment paper. I’ve used it with this recipe before. I’ve never tried raisins (interesting idea though) but don’t see any reasons why it would not turn out. Let us know if you try it!

  2. Sharon says:

    This recipe is delicious. Very easy to make because you do not have to let it rise. You just mix it and put it in the oven. The bread comes out with a very crunchy crust. I had some left over and had put it in a zip lock bag, and the next day the crust was just as crunchy. Love this bread. Will make it again real soon.

  3. Brandi says:

    This bread is crunchy good.

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