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How to Make Irish Soda Bread

There’s nothing quite like a thick slab of Irish soda bread slathered with butter—be it St. Patrick’s Day or just any old day.


  • Step 1: Sift Sift four cups of bread flour into a large bowl with your baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • Step 2: Add buttermilk Pour buttermilk into the dry mixture, stirring until dough is formed.
  • Step 3: Knead dough Flour a clean, dry surface and knead the dough for one minute.
  • TIP: You can add any dried fruit, nuts, or seeds to the bread before you knead and bake it.
  • Step 4: Halve the dough Cut dough in half with a sharp knife.
  • Step 5: Shape With your hands, shape each half into a round ball and place it on a greased baking sheet.
  • Step 6: Mark it Make an X into the top of each loaf with a knife, going about half an inch deep.
  • Step 7: Bake Bake the bread in the middle rack of a 350-degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes.
  • TIP: When a knife stuck into the middle of the loaf comes out cleanly, the bread is done.
  • Step 8: Cool Put your soda bread on baking racks to cool.
  • Step 9: Serve Serve with lots of butter and—what else—a nice cuppa tea.
  • Step 10: Eat Eat it up! Irish soda bread gets stale in a few days.
  • FACT: The 'soda' in Irish soda bread refers to baking soda being used in place of yeast.

You Will Need

  • Bread flour
  • 1 tbsp. double-acting baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. buttermilk
  • Flour sifter
  • Greased baking sheet
  • A baking rack
  • Dried fruit
  • nuts
  • or seeds

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