Nothing beats homemade bread. With this Irish Soda Bread Quick Easy Recipe, you can have freshly baked bread in no time. So easy, quick and delicious, your house will smell like a bakery. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this easy bread recipe.
I happen to love making homemade bread. Unfortunately, we always don’t have the time. Simple Irish Soda Bread is the answer. You can whip this bread recipe in minutes. The perfect side to soup, stew,(especially Irish stew) and chili. If you are like me, breaking off a hunk of bread and slathering it with butter is fantastic.
There is something about the aroma of bread baking. That is my favourite part about visiting a bakery. Delicious sweets are one thing, but fresh baked bread is one of my favourite foods. There is not a type of bread I have not liked.
What is Irish Soda Bread?
- baking soda
- soured milk/buttermilk
Ingredients found in you pantry right? If you don’t have buttermilk don’t worry. Check below for some easy substitutions. This bread recipe is easy as 1-2-3.
How to make Irish Soda Bread
Let me tell you, making bread does not get easier than this. I thought scones and cornbread were easy to make. This soda bread recipe is even easier. I really don’t think you can screw this up. Well ok, I guess you could burn it.
I really don’t think this will happen. Once that aroma of this delicious bread starts wafting through the house, you will be checking the oven. I am always eager to break off a hunk of this quick and easy bread and slather on the butter. SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!
If you search the net you will find LOTS of different soda bread recipes. Some have nuts, seeds, and raisins. Traditionally it was made with NO butter and NO white flour. I think we have sort of customized it to our tastes.
So if you have never made Irish Soda Bread, let me give you the Coles notes directions. You will be a baking bread like a pro in no time.
Place the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the buttermilk.
- Mix with your hands to combine.
- Turn dough onto floured surface and mix until it forms a ball.
- Place on a baking sheet.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand no problem. There are buttermilk substitutes you can use. Alternatively you can also use buttermilk powder mixed with water.
For this Irish Soda Bread recipe, I did use butter and a bit of sugar (I know, breaking tradition), and I also sprinkled course salt on the top before baking.
I have baked it in a cake pan, and a cast iron skillet (it takes a little longer). We prefer the old fashioned way. Just plop it onto a baking sheet. Makes a great rustic looking loaf. Do you know why they score the top? Folklore states: “to let the fairies out”.
Making bread does not have to be time consuming and complicated. This Irish Soda Bread Quick Easy Recipe makes an appearance quite often on our dinner table. It disappears in a flash. Hope you give it a try.
Do you have a favourite quick bread recipe?
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Irish Soda Bread Quick Easy Recipe
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter (cubed)
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tsp course sea salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350º F and choose your preferred baking pan, sheet or cast iron skillet. I just used a parchment lined baking sheet.
In a large bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
Add the butter and mix until crumbly.
Add the buttermilk (not all at once) and mix with your had until moist.
Turn dough onto floured surface and blend until it forms a round ball. Flatten with your hand slightly to form a disc about 7-8 inches across.
Place on baking sheet. Score an X on the top with a sharp knife (about 1/2 way through the bread.
At this point you can top with the course salt if you like.
Bake in oven for about 50 minutes. Check with a cake tester. Top should be browned, and the bread will have a hallow sound when you tap on the bottom.
Remove to a wire rack to cool. At this point I am ready to rip off a chunk!!
***NOTE** If you choose to bake this in a cast iron skillet, you will have to allow for more time as it takes time for the skillet to heat in the oven. DO NOT heat the skillet before putting the bread in to bake.