Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, and to accompany our post about Ireland as a great culture and heritage travel destination, we are including this recipe for traditional Irish Soda Bread for you to try at home.


Yields:            1 Loaf

Prep Time:    10 Minutes

Cook Time:   35 Minutes


  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°
  2. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Gradually stir in the buttermilk until the dough comes together in a slightly sticky ball.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and then press into the prepared pan so that the dough resembles a large disk. (The dough should reach the edges of the pan, but may spring back slightly.)
  7. Cut a large X into the dough with a sharp knife, about ¼ of an inch deep.
  8. Cover the pan of dough with another round cake pan turned upside down and bake for 25-30 minutes, covered.
  9. Remove the top pan and bake uncovered for about 10 minutes more or until the crust is dark golden brown.
  10. Serve warm, preferably with some delicious Irish butter!


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