Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread is made with baking soda and soft wheat flour (cake and pastry flour) rather than hard wheat flour (all-purpose flour). It’s a basic quick bread that’s simple to make and pairs well with stews, soups and hearty meals.


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  • 4 cups Cake and Pastry flour, sifted
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  2. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix together.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture, pour buttermilk into the middle. Using a wooden spoon incorporate the flour into the buttermilk until dough comes together. Using your hands, knead dough into a ball.
  4. Place dough in the middle of a cast-iron skillet. Using a sharp knife mark an ‘X’ on the top of the dough. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 35 – 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  6. Enjoy warm.


Irish Soda Bread is traditionally made with soft wheat (cake & pastry flour). You can use hard wheat if you like (all-purpose flour) but the flavour will be significantly different.

Enjoy with;
– butter & jam
– butter & honey
– stews
– hearty meals with gravy

Best enjoyed the same day, fresh from the oven. Store bread in an airtight container or reusable bag for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Keywords: Bread, Quick Bread, Traditional Irish Soda Bread, St.Patrick's Day

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