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Irish Soda Bread Recipe


  • cups all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½-2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in most of the buttermilk, leaving about ¼ cup to use as needed. Using your fingers, bring the flour and liquid together, adding more buttermilk, if necessary. ***Don’t knead the mixture, or it will become heavy. The dough should be soft, but not too wet or sticky.
  4. When the dough begins to stick together and form a ball, remove it from the bowl and place it onto a floured work surface. Continue to bring it together a little more until it is able to be formed into a ball. Pat the dough down into a circle, about 1½ inches thick and cut a deep cross in it. Place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat to 400° for an additional 30 minutes. When done, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the bottom and be golden in color.
  6. Allow to cool on a wire rack until you are ready to eat.

Recipe Notes

***Hint Buttermilk replacement suggestion -- To make your own buttermilk, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the milk. Let sit for 10 minutes. Then stir and mix into the recipe as instructed.  

Recipe Courtesy of Old World Garden Farms