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Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Traditional Irish soda bread is quick and easy to make. It does not require rising time like yeast bread instead it is just mixed and then kneaded a few times.

The smell of this buttery bread baking is heavenly. It is the ultimate comfort food while it is hearty and delicious. Serve warm, toasted or room temperature it is simply delicious.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

How to Make Soda Bread

This basic quick bread recipe is so easy you can make it every day. It requires only basic ingredients and a few minutes to prepare. This traditional Irish soda bread recipe’s leavening is not from yeast, but instead from baking powder, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. This bread is perfect served for St. Patrick’s Day.

My favorite accompaniment for this yummy bread is Irish lamb stew you can find my easy Irish stew recipe here.  I always serve these recipes on St.Patrick’s Day.

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Bread ingredients

Bread ingredients, butter, wheat flour, egg, salt, buttermilk

To guarantee my bread turns out perfect I use the best ingredients such as Kerrygold butter and organic eggs, and flour. Heat oven to 375 degrees while preparing the dough.

Add buttermilk to dry ingredients

Add buttermilk to dry ingredients

After adding all the dry ingredients to a large bowl I stir to incorporate. Then I start adding the wet ingredients one at a time and mixing in between each addition.

Next, add cut up butter to dry ingredients

Next, add cut-up butter to dry ingredients

Cut the butter while cold and then allow it to soften before adding to the bread mixture. Additional options are 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, 1/4 cup shredded cheese or 1 teaspoon dried Itailian herbs.

Add an egg to other soda bread ingredients

Add an egg to other soda bread ingredients

Mixing bread ingredients

Mixing bread ingredients

The mixture is ready for kneading

The mixture is ready for kneading

Turn out on a lightly floured surface to knead the dough and shape it into a ball. Please rounded dough on a prepared sheet pan, iron skillet or cake pan.

Form loaf into a ball

Form loaf into a ball

Using a sharp knife cut an x on the top of the dough.

Cut an x on the top of dough

Cut an x on the top of the dough

Using a heat-proof glass measuring cup melt 1/3 cup of unsalted butter.  Then add 1/3 cup cold buttermilk and stir.

Brush dough with buttermilk and butter

Brush dough with buttermilk and butter

Soda Bread Buttered

Soda Bread Buttered

Brush the top of the loaf with the buttermilk and butter mixture using a silicone pastry brush.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Wholesome buttery quick bread recipe everyone loves!
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time: 31 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 320kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Wheat Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Organic sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Butter cubed
  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 1 1/3 Cups Buttermilk (divided)
  • 1 Egg Organic

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Prepare a sheet pan with non-stick foil or grease
  • In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients
  • Add buttermilk, cubbed butter, and egg, and stir until incorporated.
  • Cover a clean work surface with a dusting of flour and turn out the dough and knead a few times.
  • Shape dough into a round.
  • Using a sharp knife cut an x on the top of the dough.
  • Brush with buttermilk and butter mixture.
  • Place dough in the oven and cook for 50 minutes or until when tested with a toothpick is done (brushing with buttermilk and butter mixture every 15 minutes)

Notes

Melt 1/3 cup of butter and mix with 1/3 cup of buttermilk in a heat-proof glass measuring cup. Brush mixture over the dough before placing it in the oven and every 15 minutes during baking. 
Serve with your favorite toppings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 503IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg
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Bon Appetit,

Kippi

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Rebecca

Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Yum! This bread looks so good, Kippi. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm excited to feature you this week at Celebrate Your Story!

Kippi

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Thank you for your visit today. I hope you enjoy some fresh buttery bread. Hugs, Kippi

Miz Helen

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

A great recipe for Irish Soda Bread, which I just love! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,476. Miz Helen

Kippi

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great week. Hugs, Kippi

Pamela

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Your Irish Soda Bread sounds delicious! Pinned and printed to try!

Kippi

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Thank you for the visit. Happy soda bread baking, Kippi

Our Hopeful Home

Monday 23rd of March 2020

I've always loved soda bread. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

Kippi

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Thank you so much for your visit. I hope you are enjoying some warm buttery soda bread today. Hugs, Kippi

angie

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

this is always such a great bread and I have not made for quite some time I will borrow your recipe to make some for the house thanks for sharing come see us at http;//shopannies.blogspot.com

Kippi

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Thank you for your visit today. I hope you enjoy some buttery Irish Soda bread. Hugs, Kippi

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