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!
Servings: 8 servings
- 4 cups flour unbleached, all purpose
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 and ½ cups buttermilk a few tablespoons more if needed
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!
- 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.
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