White Irish Soda Bread

This is an extremely easy bread to make. There are few ingredients, barely any kneading, nonexistent rise time, and it bakes quickly. If you are looking for a quick and hearty bread, this is your recipe. In America, many soda breads have raisins, chocolate chips, cinnamon or anything else from the kitchen spice cabinet. However, as this website states (http://www.sodabread.info/Recipes/sodabreadrecipes.htm), a true soda bread is plain and served with butter. That’s it!


  • 4 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 14 oz. Buttermilk

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

Step 2: Lightly grease and flour a cake pan.

Step 3: In a large bowl sieve all the dry ingredients.

Step 4: Add the buttermilk and stir into a sticky dough.

Step 5: On a floured surface lightly knead to escape some of the gas (I would estimate less than a minute). Shape into a round, flat shape.

Step 6: Using a sharp blade, slice a cross in the top of the dough. (Not too deep!)

Step 7: Put in the greased cake pan and cover with another pan. (I did not feel like searching for another round pan so I grabbed the first thing. It just happens to be my heart pan for Valentine’s Day.)

Step 8: Bake for 30 minutes covered.

*Note: When you put the bread back in for the second time uncovered, this allows the outside of the bread to become crunchy.

Step 9: Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

*Note: I brushed the bread with some butter to give it that pretty golden look for the plating picture.

Step 10: Cover with a damp, clean towel to keep moist until you are ready to eat it.

Step 11. Spread butter on the slices. Eat and Enjoy!


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