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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a classic, simple bread recipe that requires no rise time so it's ready in about an hour! 
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Keyword quick bread recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 291kcal


For the bread

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg

For basting

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the buttermilk, softened butter, and egg to the mixture and mix well using an electric mixer until a soft dough forms.
  • Use your hands to knead the dough lightly. Shape into a large ball and flatten slightly.
  • Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet and use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
  • Stir together the melted butter and buttermilk and brush over the outside of the loaf.
  • Bake in a hot oven for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Brush the loaf with the buttermilk mixture every 15 minutes during baking.



This bread is rather dense and very filling - not light and fluffy like a sandwich bread.
Best served warm with butter or jam.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2.1mg