Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Warm and Soft, Irish Soda Bread
Warm and Soft, Irish Soda Bread
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4 cups All-purpose flour or 3 cups all-purpose flour plus 1 cup pastry flour
2 cups Buttermilk
1½ tsp Baking soda
1½ tsp Salt
2 tbsp Sugar optional

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread


This Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe bakes a warm, scrumptious and delicious bread using baking soda as one of the ingredients which is where it’s name derives from. Mostly enjoyed warm, as a breakfast bread with salted butter and jam, or honey and syrup, and even peanut butter or Nutella. No matter which spreads are your favorite, this bread suits them all!

To make Traditional Irish Soda Bread, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Steps to make Traditional Irish Soda Bread


Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Line a cast-iron pot with parchment paper.


Combine dry ingredients


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1½ teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar if you prefer a sweeter tasting bread.


Add wet ingredients


Form a well in the middle of the flour and pour in 1¾ cup of buttermilk and stir to combine until a sticky dough forms. You may not need to use 2 full cups of buttermilk.




Turn out the sticky dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead about 3-4 times.


Prepare loaf


Shape dough into a round ball with a slightly flat top. Use a sharp knife to cut a deep cross on the flattened top.


Brush loaf


Transfer loaf to a cast-iron pot and brush with buttermilk.




Cover a cast iron pot or baking dish with a lid and bake for 30 minutes then remove the lid and bake, uncovered, for another 15 minutes. Bread is ready when a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.




Cover bread with a kitchen tea towel and sprinkle a bit of water over, to moisten. Set aside for about 10 minutes to cool before breaking apart.



Best served warm with spreads of your choice.

This Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe is so good. A delicious bread made from a very simple recipe and one I actually enjoy baking with my kids due to the simplicity and limited mess. What do you think? Let us know and tag #cookmerecipes online when you try out our recipes!

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Total Reviews: 18
Poppy Manuszak

Ended up using a bread maker instead cause no matter what I did the bread just never turned out fluffy like I wanted it to be.

Kailani Bashford

If I could rate this any higher I totally would, that's how good it is, I'm super pleased.

Danika Sweda

Better than store bought bread any day of the week and last a long time if you put it in a bread holder.

Moriah Discua

Not sure what to say other than this is delicious, 5 stars from me.

Mercy Abramson

This was really good but took such a long time in the end then got rock hard in 2 hours.

Treasure Shoaib

I had it with some jelly on the top and it was really good.

Frida Zaremba

I made mine with chocolate chips on the inside and it turned out good and melty on the inside.

Evalynn Subramani

I have this in the mornings with some salami and relish on the top its good.

Romina Keur

My kids love having this with peanut butter and jelly on the top of it, they always want me to make it for them for school.

Sailor Mahaffie

Delicious one of the easiest breads you can make by yourself at home.


Heaven shaped into a bread that goes on your plate, in your belly and makes you smile!

Kalani Kechichian

Made a full on subway type sandwich out of this traditional irish bread, filling and delish.

Kaelynn Demouy

I love all Irish food and this is one of the best traditional soda breads I've ever made in my life.

Sidney Doiron

Great recipe so simple to make thank you for sharing it.

Samiyah Blossman

My husbands favorite bread of all time is this soda one lol.

Cindy Vollmuth

I'm on an Irish dish spree right now, I already made the soda muffins so now i'm making this!

Patience Ginart

Can't wait to bake this perfection again, it's so soft and tasty, also really good with some butter or creamcheese.


I love it! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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