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 is surprisingly simple

With 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 loaf. 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.

This loaf tastes best served warm with hunks of golden, Irish butter. Slice and toast leftover bread and smear it with butter and jam for a quick and comforting breakfast or snack.

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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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