This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is perfect for any day of the week.
No kneading. No rising. No yeast. No waiting for HOURS! Quick, easy and delicious, your house will smell like a bakery.
Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this quick soda bread recipe.
Life is busy. My Black Olive & Tomato Bread makes me feel like an artisan. It takes a little time to make, but worth the effort.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread is the perfect way to enjoy homemade bread using minimal ingredients and a fraction of the time.
RECIPE and INSTRUCTIONS for this easy soda bread recipe are at the bottom of the post.
For This Recipe You Will Need:
- baking powder
- baking soda
What Is Soda Bread?
A quick bread that does not use yeast or require rising time. It produces a dense and moist loaf with a golden crust. Baking soda and buttermilk act as the leavening agent.
Traditionally the 4 basic ingredients include flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt. It can also be made with a combination of whole wheat flour and regular flour. Some recipes also include the addition of raisins.
How To Make Easy Irish Soda Bread
You will be 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 a floured surface and mix until it forms a ball.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Do not over-work the dough. It will have an uneven and shaggy appearance. That is perfect.
- Be sure to score the top of the bread before baking.
- Be sure to use COLD butter. The colder the butter the less sticky the dough will be.
- If you choose to bake the bread in a cast-iron skillet, be sure to add a few minutes to the baking time as it will take a little longer.
- If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, here are some great buttermilk substitutes.
Questions People Ask
How long will soda bread last? It will dry out quickly, so it is best eaten the day of baking. For longer use, wrap it tightly or place it in an airtight container. It will last for 3-4 days.
Can you freeze it? Yes, you can. Tightly wrapped it will freeze well for 3-4 months.
Why does Irish soda bread have a cross on it? It helps the center bake though. Folklore states: “to let the fairies out”.
What do you serve it with? Most often it is served with soups, chilis, and stews. It is great for dipping and sandwiches. Toasted for breakfast is always a great way to enjoy it.
Is there traditional Irish brown bread? There sure is. The ingredients include whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, and molasses.
Are soda bread and sourdough the same thing? No, they are not. Sourdough uses yeast to make it rise. Soda bread uses buttermilk and baking soda
Making bread does not have to be time-consuming and complicated. This easy to make recipe makes an appearance quite often on our dinner table.
Looking For More Quick and Easy Bread Recipes?
- We love Cheezy Cornbread with chili. A must for the cast iron skillet.
- Have some bananas to use up? Basic Banana Bread is always a great place for them.
- If you want a great dessert, Rocky Road Chocolate Banana Bread is a perfect choice.
Soda bread is the perfect side to so many meals. Try it with:
- Chunky Chili, the perfect comfort food that will warm you up in a hurry.
- Irish Stew with Guinness made in the pressure cooker.
- Red Wine Lamb Stew takes comfort food to a whole new level of deliciousness. Great for date night.
- Mom’s Pea Soup always needs some great bread for dunking.
- Corned Beef and Potato Skillet is the perfect alternative to corned beef and cabbage. An easy skillet meal for busy weeknights.
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 coarse 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 hand 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 coarse salt if you like.
- Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes. Check with a cake tester. The top should be browned, and the bread will have a hollow 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!!