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irish soda bread sliced on a cutting board and plate

Irish Soda Bread

Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
35-45 minutes
Yield:
8 servings
Difficulty:
2 out of 5

Classic Irish Soda Bread is simple to make and delicious to eat any time of the year. It is a quick bread to make, as the reaction between the baking soda and acidic buttermilk make it rise without kneading. Historically this bread was a staple in Irish households because of the accessiblity and affordability of the simple ingredients needed. 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces chilled butter, small diced
  • 1 ounce melted butter
  • ½ cup currants (optional)
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large work bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add 4 ounces small diced butter. Work the butter into the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter until you have small ¼-inch pieces. Add currants (optional) and mix until evenly distributed.

Add buttermilk and egg, gently mix together with a fork or spoon. As soon as the dough just begins to come together, turn out onto a floured work surface. The dough will be slightly tacky at this point. Gently knead the dough 3-4 times and then shape into a round loaf—be careful not to overwork the dough as it will become tough. Place loaf onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make an “X” in the top with a sharp knife. Coat loaf with melted butter. Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes.

The finished soda bread will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Best served warm with butter.

  • irish soda bread sliced on a cutting board and plate