Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Irish Soda Bread

This classic, easy Irish soda bread recipe is perfect for sweet or savory applications.

Reminiscent of an American buttermilk biscuit, this Irish soda bread is quick and simple to make. Hot out of the oven, it is perfect  to serve along with savory meals or with a bit of jam for breakfast.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

The ingredients:

  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk + 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

The instructions:

Heat oven to 400˚F. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix the buttermilk and dry ingredients together with your hands to fully combine, creating a dough that is soft, but not sticky. Add a small amount of flour as necessary to make a dough that is not wet.

Place the dough on a flat surface that is lightly floured. Knead the dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Form a ball with the dough and press it into a disk about 1-1/2 inches thick. 

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Liberally grease a cast iron skillet or casserole with butter. Place the disk in the center. Add two tablespoons of buttermilk to melted butter. Brush the top of the disk with the butter and buttermilk. Cut an ‘X’ across the top of the dough with the lines extending from one side to the other.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Bake at 400˚F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350˚F and bake for another 30-40 minutes or until the center passes the clean toothpick test. 

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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