Homemade Soda Bread - a traditional Irish recipe so fast and easy you can make a loaf of warm, crusty bread in under an hour

Homemade Soda Bread–a simple recipe for a classic loaf

Homemade Soda Bread - a traditional Irish recipe so fast and easy you can make a loaf of warm, crusty bread in under an hourWith a name like Reiley I ought to know how to make a loaf of Irish soda bread! Actually, I was taught this homemade soda bread recipe by the owner of a sweet little pub in southwest Ireland. I was surprised to learn just how easy it is to make this hearty, satisfying bread. With just 5 ingredients and no kneading required, you can produce a loaf of warm, crusty bread in under an hour. 

Using the right ingredients

The key to this hearty loaf is high-quality, stone ground wheat flour. This kind of flour seems to be ubiquitous in Ireland but it’s definitely more rare on North American shores. It may take a little searching but the results are worth the effort. The Kitchn has a good article explaining exactly what stone ground flour is, in case you’re not sure. You can find this time of flour at some health food and specialty grocers. I know Bob’s Red Mill makes a stone ground whole wheat. It’s available on Amazon if your local store doesn’t carry it.

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Homemade Soda Bread - a traditional Irish recipe so fast and easy you can make a loaf of warm, crusty bread in under an hour
Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

A simple recipe for a traditional soda bread--you won't believe how easy it is to make homemade bread! 

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Bread
Dish Type: bread
Cooking Style: Baking
Diet and Health: healthy-ish
Seasonal: St. Patrick's Day
Ingredient: Buttermilk
Servings: 1 loaf
Created by: Amy Reiley
Ingredients
  • 3 c stone ground whole wheat flour
  • 1 c white flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 c buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the buttermilk, stirring to combine, until you have a sticky dough.
  3. Knead the dough lightly before transferring to a lightly greased baking sheet.
  4. Shape the dough into a flattened round. Cut a cross into the top to release the fairies. (I was not aware that fairies live in bread dough but since I was instructed on this key step by an Irish baker, I'm sticking to it!)
  5. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes. Bread will be golden on top and offer a hollow sound when tapped when it is fully cooked.

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Homemade Soda Bread - a traditional Irish recipe made from 5 ingredients. So quick it takes less than an hour to make a warm loaf of bread.

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