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Irish Soda Bread

I loooove bread! I know, I know, carbs and everything.. but fresh bread is just so delicious. I really enjoy baking it, especially when it has a great crunchy crust. If you like that too, this easy Irish Soda Bread recipe is perfect for you!

I’m calling it an easy Irish Soda Bread because it really is super easy. It doesn’t contain any yeast so it doesn’t need to rise. Just mix the ingredients, pop it in the oven and 45 minutes later your delicious fresh bread is done.

This is what you need to make Irish Soda Bread:

  • 450 grams of (whole wheat) flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (8 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (8 grams)
  • 1 egg
  • 300-375 ml buttermilk

  • Preheat the oven to 220 °C.

  • Sieve all the dry ingredients (450 grams of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda) in a big bowl. And mix it.
Mix the dry ingredients
  • Make a small pit in the middle and add the 1 egg and 300 ml of buttermilk.

  • Mix it together good and fast. As soon as the ingredients gets mixed they start to react. So don’t knead to too long or your bread won’t rise in the oven because you pushed all the air out.

  • If your dough is too dry you can add a bit of extra buttermilk. The dough has to be soft, but not sticky.

  • Now put the bread dough on a baking tray lined with baking paper and make a heap that’s roughly 4 to 6 cm high.

  • Bake the bread on 220 °C for 15 minutes. Turn the temperature to 200 °C and bake for another 30 minutes.

  • If you knock on the bottom of your bread and it sounds hollow you know it’s done!

Super fast and easy Irish soda bread

Because of the soda this type of bread as a real typical flavour that I really love. So I usually eat it with just a bit of butter and salt. But it’s also great to eat with mashed avocado and tomatoes!

1 April 2020



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    Shanel Biton

    26 May 2020

    Yummy! I substituted 1 c. of whole wheat flour for 1 c. of the all-purpose, used butter instead of margarin and flattened the ball of dough a bit before baking. It turned out great — we all loved it and I will be making it often! (Oh, and you probably don t need all that butter and milk to brush on top – a couple of tablespoons would be plenty.)

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      26 May 2020

      I’m happy you loved it! But the extra buttermilk isn’t for brushing, it’s because the Netherlands (where I live) is below sea-level, if you’re higher up (above 1500m) you definitely need more liquid/buttermilk for this bread to be good. And I don’t know which margarine you substituted for butter, but I didn’t use any in my recipe haha!

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