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Irish Soda Bread

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Irish soda bread is the quickest bread one can bake. It doesn't need any yeast at all. No gluten activation

Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that does not require any yeast. Instead, all of its leavenings comes from baking soda and buttermilk. This Irish soda bread recipe is my grandmother’s and has been cherished in my family for years. It’s dense, yet soft and has the most incredible crusty exterior. Buttermilk and cold butter are the secrets to its delicious success!

Success Tips To The Bread

  1. Do not over mix the dough. It is supposed to be shaggy and soft.

  2. Always use your hands to mix the bread that way you will feel the texture and won't overwork with it. Do not add all the liquid at a time. You may not need it all. Use your best judgement until you stop seeing any dry bit of flour.

  3. Always score 'X' or '+' before baking the bread. This helps the centre bake through.

  4. After baking let your bread to come to room temp before cutting slices.


  1. 3.5 cups(500 g) all-purpose flour

  2. 1.5 cup(300-350 ml) buttermilk

  3. 1 egg

  4. 1 tsp salt

  5. 1 tsp baking soda

  6. 1 tbsp(14 g) melted butter


  1. Preheat oven at 200C for 10 min.

  2. In a bowl add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix this well. In a separate bowl add buttermilk, egg and butter.

  3. Now add buttermilk-egg mixture into the flour mix. Be careful don't add all at a time. Need dough using light hands.

  4. Bake the bread for 40-50 min at 200c.

Happy Baking!!!!!!!

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