Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a quick and easy bread to make using no yeast. We actually never expected to like it but we were wrong – it was fantastic! Served just out of the oven, wow, we could make a meal just off of this bread. Goes perfectly with our Irish Beef Stew but also with jams and butter and all by itself!

Irish Soda Bread



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  • 4 cup Flour

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup softened butter

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet (we used our Pampered Chef stoneware baking sheet with no grease).
  • Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl, then add in your softened butter, JUST 1 cup of your buttermilk, and the egg. Combine well.
  • Flour a work surface and turn out the dough there; knead briefly.
  • Shape dough into a round shape and place on prepared sheet. It will be a little crumbly and that’s okay!
  • Whisk together 1/4 cup melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush over the dough. Then cut an X in the center of the top of the loaf.
  • Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Brush your buttermilk mixture over the loaf every 15 minutes or so while baking.


  • Don’t overmix the dough. Unlike with regular bread, mix soda bread quickly and gently just until the ingredients come together. If you overmix, it will get tough and too dense.
  • Make sure your baking soda is fresh as it’s the key ingredient to it rising properly.
  • The X in the top of the bread is important to make sure it rises properly – plus it makes it look super cool!

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