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5 from 2 votes
Two loaves of Irish Soda Bread
Best Ever Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This Irish Soda Bread has a crunchy golden exterior, and a soft rich texture on the inside. Perfect for breakfast or as a side to a hearty soup for dinner! 

Course: Breads
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 171 kcal
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. Mix together the 4 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 3 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp baking soda into a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add the 1/2 cup of chopped butter to the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour mixture by using a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers. You want the end result to be fine crumbs, some larger chunks are okay. 

  4. Mix the egg with the 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk, and add to flour mixture. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. 

  5. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface, and divide into two parts. Shape the two pieces into a round or oval loaf, being careful not to overwork the dough. 

  6. Place both loaves onto a cookie sheet, but not touching together, and cut a cross on the top with a serrated knife. Bush the loaves with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar.

  7. Cook for 50-60 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack. The bread keeps great in the fridge for a week, or can be frozen for a month.