March 17, 2017

Traditional Irish soda bread

It's St. Patrick's Day! For many of us, that means a corned beef & cabbage dinner. And, hopefully, a side of homemade soda bread to go with it! While looking around for a traditional soda bread recipe, I found this website: The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread! I figured that these folks take their soda bread pretty seriously, so I decided to make their basic white soda bread recipe this year (next year I plan to try the brown). No fancy raisins, sugar, butter, etc. (which, according to the website, makes it a "tea cake" and no longer a soda bread) -- just bread with four simple ingredients. The bread was a lovely side to our dinner -- perfect for sopping up some of the juices on your plate. All it needs is a pat of Kerrygold butter to make it complete. There's still time to make this bread for your dinner tonight, or this weekend! 

Traditional Irish soda bread
16 oz. (about 4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
about 14 oz. buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the buttermilk until just combined. If the dough is still shaggy/dry, add a touch more until it comes together.

Lightly knead on a floured surface and shape into a round disk. Score the top of the bread with a sharp knife to make a cross (X).

Place the bread into a cast iron pot with a lid, or you can use a cake pan (the website uses a cake pan, topped with another cake pan. If using this option, make sure to lightly grease the pan).

Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the lid and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place a tea towel on top that has been lightly sprayed with water to keep moist. Let cool then slice and serve.

What was I cooking one year ago?: chicken fried chicken w/ milk gravy 
Two years ago?: chocolate cream pie 
Three years ago?: Grandma's oatmeal raisin cookies 
Four?: Guinness chocolate cake 
Five?: chocolate & cherry steel cut oats 
Six?: tarragon chicken 
7?: peanut butter banana pancakes


  1. It's been way too long since I've made an Irish soda bread---so easy and always a hit. Thanks for inspiring me with this terrific recipe, Amy!!

  2. That's awesome! I love making/eating any kind of bread. This looks terrific!

  3. The texture and crumb look perfect on this soda bread Amy, love the classics.

  4. perfection! you've made a hearty loaf that's perfect for slathering on copious butter. :)

  5. Making an Irish Soda Bread THIS week--super excited!

  6. I think I could happily eat soda bread every single day!!!


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