Traditional Irish Bread Soda Recipe

Nothing worse than to go out of your way to get ingredients for a fancy bread, spending an hour putting them together only to have the yeast not rise.  In today’s post I share a NO FAIL Irish bread that has been my favorite to serve this time of year with stew or any other favorite traditional dish. You need not dispute if this is the real deal when it comes to Irish bread.  A little research on Google brought up and article with Irish Chef Roy O’Connell on Epicurious that traditional Irish Soda Bread is made with the exact ingredients I’ve been using for years.

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This is a super easy  recipe that your family will love.  You can serve it with a warm Irish meal or hot out of the oven with real butter.  here are some images featuring how to make the bread.

Irish Soda Bread
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Irish Soda Bread

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  • 1¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 golden flax seeds (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • About 1 2⁄3 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F
  2. Sift together the flours, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and mix in the seeds. Add the butter, and rub into the flour mixture rubbing with fingers. Make a well in the center.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the buttermilk and pour most of the liquid into the flour mixture. Using one hand with your fingers outstretched like a claw, bring the flour and liquid together, adding more of the buttermilk mixture, if necessary. The dough should be quite soft, but not too sticky.
  4. Turn onto a floured work surface and gently bring the dough together into a round about 1½ inches thick. Cut a deep cross on top and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat to 400°F and bake for 30 minutes more. When done, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool

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I served my bread with this yummy lamb roast on St. Patrick’s Day this weekend and shared the baking experience along the way on Instagram.  Click on the image below to follow me on the leading photo social media site : Instagram.

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Happy St Paddy’s Day,



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