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Irish Soda Bread

Traditional, 4 ingredient Irish soda bread that is served with stews, sauces, or with creamy Irish butter.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Irish
Servings 1 loaf


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups buttermilk


  • Pre-heat oven to 450°F.
  • Lightly flour a large baking sheet and set aside.
  • Sift all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in 1-1/2 cups of the buttermilk. Incorporate buttermilk in the flour with one hand adding more buttermilk a little at a time just until the dough begins to come together.
  • Place the dough on well-floured surface and form into a round shape (approximately 6-7 inches in diameter and 1-1/2 inches high in the center).
  • With a sharp knife, make two cuts in the dough about ¼ inch deep in the shape of a cross.
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400°F and bake until the bread is browned, approximately for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.


A great addition to Irish Beef Stew or Shepherd’s Pie.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals