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Irish soda bread, sliced and served on a wooden board.
Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Searching for the best Irish soda bread recipe? Look no further! This authentic recipe comes straight from Ireland. So easy to make with just 4 ingredients.

Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: best Irish soda bread recipe, Irish soda bread, Irish soda bread recipe, Irish soda bread recipe from Ireland, soda bread
Servings: 16
Calories: 128 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Place the flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

  3. Add about 1 1/4 cups of the buttermilk to the flour mixture, working it into a shaggy dough with clean hands.

  4. If the dough seems too dry, add more buttermilk until a sticky dough is formed.

  5. Knead the dough a few times (being careful not to overwork it), then transfer it to a baking sheet and pat it to a thickness of about 1 1/2-inches.

  6. Score the dough in a criss-cross pattern with a floured knife, and puncture each of the 4 quarters with the tip of the knife.

  7. Bake the soda bread for 15 minutes at 450 degrees, then turn the oven temperature down to 400 degrees and bake for another 25 minutes.

  8. Turn the bread upside down and continue to bake at 400 degrees for another 5 minutes.

  9. Tap the loaf with your fingertips- it should make a hollow sound and be golden brown and crusty.

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Recipe Notes

*There is really no good substitute for buttermilk in Irish soda bread.  Try to use whole milk buttermilk if you can find it. 

Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.