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Easy Irish Soda Bread

This traditional Easy Irish Soda Bread is a great way to get homemade bread on the table-even on a weeknight! This version isn't sweet and is made with buttermilk. No yeast and no kneading required!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: Continental, International, Irish
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Nikole Berg

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour unbleached, all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and ½ cups buttermilk a few tablespoons more if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a 5 quart dutch oven with parchment paper.
  • Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Stir to combine. I like to use a whisk. 
  • Slowly add buttermilk.
  • Mix gently with a spoon or your hands. Don’t over mix or your bread will be tough! Dough should be sticky and shaggy---it will stick to your fingers. If it’s dry, add more buttermilk, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Form dough into a round shape and place on parchment in the dutch oven.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a cross over the top of the dough. Be careful not to cut all the way through the dough. Prick each section with knife.
  • Cover and bake for about 35-40 minutes. Bread should be golden brown and have a crisp exterior.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Slice and enjoy warm!

Notes

  • Don't overmix or knead the dough or it will turn tough.
  • There's no need to use any oil or butter in the dutch oven or on the parchment paper.
    Do I need a dutch oven to make Irish Soda Bread? If you don't have a dutch oven with lid, you can use a baking sheet instead. Follow all the same steps except for baking it on a baking sheet lined with parchment. You can also use a cast iron skillet or a cake pan!
  • What does Irish Soda Bread taste like? The taste is mild with a dense and rustic texture. While it's good on it's own, it's meat to be eaten with butter (try an Irish butter like Kerrygold) jams, or hearty soups and stews.
  • If you'd like to sweeten up the bread, add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 cup of raisins before forming the dough.
  • To keep the bread fresh, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in a food storage bag. Bread will keep for a day or two. To freeze: wrap tightly in plastic wrap then place in freezer storage bag. Freeze for up to 2 - 3 months.
  • How do I reheat my Easy Irish Soda Bread? Unwrap plastic and wrap in foil. Place in pre-heated 325º F oven for 10 minutes. If frozen, thaw at room temperature first.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 3mg