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irish soda bread baked on plate

Simple Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This Irish soda bread is a rustic, simple and delicious bread. Perfect for dipping into soups and stews or making an amazing sandwich.
Course dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine irish
Keyword bread, soda bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 341kcal


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk


  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Cut cold butter into dry ingredients, using a fork or a pastry cutter, until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • In a small bowl combine eggs and buttermilk. If you don't have any buttermilk you can make your own. Fill your liquid measuring cup with milk, remove 1 tbsp of milk and add 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Stir.
  • Pour buttermilk and eggs into the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork until dough is wet.
  • Knead dough, on a lightly floured surface. Only knead the bread 8-10 times.
  • Form a large ball and place the ball on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to etch an "X" across the ball of dough.
  • Bake in 350°F oven for 1 hour. You will know it is done when it is golden brown and when it sounds hollow when you knock on the bottom of the bread.


Nutrition Info is to be used as a rough guide only. Nutrition Info is based on the products I am using and you may not be using the same products/brands. Thus, the Nutrition Info may vary.


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.7g | Protein: 9.7g | Fat: 7.9g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 9.1g | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 3.2mg