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Traditional Irish Soda Bread on a round, wooden cutting board

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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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
Dish Type bread
Cooking Style Baking
Diet and Health healthy-ish
Seasonal St. Patrick's Day
Ingredient Buttermilk, Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 1 loaf
Author Amy Reiley


  • 3 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the buttermilk, stirring to combine, until you have a sticky dough.
  • Knead the dough lightly before transferring to a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • 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!)
  • Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes. Bread will be golden on top and offer a hollow sound when tapped when it is fully cooked.