Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a type of bread that is made with flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. It originated in Ireland in the early 19th century when baking soda became available to cooks. It is traditionally a quick and easy bread to make that requires no yeast or proofing time. The acidic buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to create carbon dioxide which causes the bread to rise. It is often served with butter or jam. There are many variations of Irish Soda Bread, including adding raisins or caraway seeds for extra flavor.

Irish Soda Bread

Recipe by Recipe CookCourse: Dessert, Snacks, BreakfastCuisine: IrishDifficulty: Beginner


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  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup white flour

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 2 cups buttermilk (or 2 tbsp. lemon juice + enough milk to equal 2 cups)

  • butter melted


  • Combine first five ingredients in a bowl.
  • Combine baking soda and buttermilk in a cup. Make a crater in center of first five ingredients mixture. Pour buttermilk mixture into the crater and form into a dough.
  • Pour into two greased/floured 9 by 5 bread pans. Bake at 350ºF degrees for 45-50 minutes or until long thin stick inserted in bread comes out clean- not sticky with dough. Ten minutes before removing from oven, brush bread with melted butter.