Irish Soda Bread

by beth on February 24, 2010

This St. Patrick’s Day I will be mak­ing this bread.  I’ve looked at many recipes over the years & this one is what I always go back to.  I got it from an Irish friend who liked to raise a glass of Jame­son.  Kin­dred soul of ours here at casa de con­fu­sion.  Given I love this bread I made it the other day to have with our soup.  It is sim­ple, easy and beyond belief good.

Irish Soda Bread

4 Cups All Pur­pose Flour

1 Tea­spoon Salt

1 Tea­spoon Bak­ing Soda

2 Cups Buttermilk

½ Cup of Butter

2 Table­spoons White Sugar

Sift all dry ingre­di­ents together.  Cre­ate a lit­tle cir­cle in the cen­ter of them (in your bowl) add soft­ened but­ter & the buttermilk.

Mix together quickly, it won’t look like white bread with yeast.  Instead it will look more like bis­cuit dough. In fact, the fin­ished prod­uct if you asked my Hubby is like a per­fect Irish bis­cuit bread show­ing how our own Amer­i­can her­itage has been so deeply infused with all that is Irish even one has never thought of the rolling hills and lush land of Ireland.

Kneed it for no more than a minute. It does not need to be worked to death.

Then shape into a round cake (you could even bake it in a cake pan if you like).   Put it onto a floured sheet pan (or in a cake pan) & carve a cross into the top of it.

Bake in a pre­heated over at 425 for  40 minutes

Irish Soda Bread 1

When it’s done fight fam­ily for a piece because you will find this to die for.  Really.  No. KIDDING.  It’s per­fect, it’s our her­itage, even if we have not a drop of Irish blood in us. Whether we are here or there.  Whether we fall back to the past, enjoy the present or look toward our future.  This is a bread to break at the table with loved one, share sto­ries and laugh­ter over as fam­ily & friends from all back­grounds & cul­tures have down through­out the ages.

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1 faemom February 24, 2010 at 9:18 am

OMG, that looks amazing! I’m so trying that! Mmmmm!


2 Shana Putnam February 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

Yummy! Thanks for the recipe!


3 Alicia February 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm

that sounds so yummy and easy! i could totally do that!!


4 Pam February 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I need a better Irish soda bread…this one looks good! Thanks!!


5 Joanne February 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Sweet! I’ve made a knock off version of Irish Soda Bread from AllRecipes (it is good, but I’ve been told is not actual Irish Soda Bread) for a while, now I can make the real thing! Woo hoo! I usually claim I am Irish just on St. Patty’s day! Hey, I married a guy who is a little bit of Irish, Russian, and French Canadian! :)


6 SB February 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm

oh man. i love soda bread, but haven’t had it since i lived in ireland more than ten years ago…do i dare try this???

not too serious i hope


7 Susieqtpie February 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Looks great! I’ll make this for St Patty’s Day! We aren’t Irish either but my girl always have me make corned beef and cabbage!


8 POM February 25, 2010 at 1:40 am

That looks sooo good! Will have to try that recipe for St. Patty’s…the hubby will flip for it! Thanks lady!


9 Danielle February 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Love the recipe! Reminds me of the Soda Bread my DH’s Nana makes, her parents were right off the boat, so she makes the most delish Irish treats!

Stoppin’ by from SITS!


10 Jessica February 26, 2010 at 7:56 am

I think if I tried to make that, I’d forget something important. Like baking soda. It looks delicious, though!


11 Erica Mueller February 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I made some of this last year for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and everyone LOVED it.

Yours looks so yummy I may not be able to wait for the holiday to make it again…


12 deana@lostpastremembered February 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

That is one great soda bread!!! Great recipe!!! Feels like St Paddy’s already.


13 joann mannix February 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

That looks delicious. I am an Irish girl, through and through. The best thing in Ireland though, is their brown bread. The Irish serve brown bread with everything and it is to DIE for. It’s nutty and rich and when it is warm with some Irish butter melted on it, it is pure Irish Heaven.

Beautiful ending to that post, no words could be more succinct.


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15 Susieqtpie March 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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16 Heather March 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

Beautiful…simply beautiful!!


17 Sour dough Bread Recipe October 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Nice recipe, thanks for sharing.


18 Ledia March 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I am eating some of this bread I made as we speak. It is incredible!


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