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Traditional Irish soda bread is a dense and moist bread that requires no leavening time and can be made with just four simple ingredients. Even better, it’s ready in just 45 minutes from start to finish.

This Irish Soda Bread is a delicious recipe that goes back many years. We use it as one of our quick bread recipes when we don’t plan ahead to have bread for dinner. Biscuits and dinner rolls are always great, but sometimes we just want a thick, sturdy bread to go with dinner, and the Irish Soda Bread doesn’t disappoint. With no advance planning, it uses just four ingredients and bakes in 40 minutes—no getting up, no waiting. You may need to make two of these loaves if you wish to serve more people. Sharing doesn’t come easily.

Is Irish Soda Bread Really Irish?

Although this question has been asked for many years, the real answer is no. Irish soda bread or soda bread is a quick bread that uses baking soda as a leavening agent. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and buttermilk in this recipe produces carbon dioxide, causing it to rise.

The Irish, like many other European countries in the early 1800’s, did not produce much durum wheat for good sourdough bread, instead adopting soda bread for their bread. Hence the name Irish soda bread.

Service suggestion:

While there are many ways to eat this delicious bread, the most typical way to enjoy it is with butter. Add some jam or marmalade for a fun savory breakfast-style feel.

You can also eat it with side soup for dipping, or instead of cutting into large chunks you can slice thin and make it into sandwiches, this bread is firm enough to eat.

Irish soda bread with homemade butter.

Storage Instructions:

While this particular bread dries out quickly, it’s best kept tightly wrapped or stored in an air-safe container for longer. You can store it wrapped for about 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 2-3 months.

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Irish soda bread with homemade butter.

Traditional Irish soda bread is a dense and moist bread that requires no leavening time and can be made with just four simple ingredients. Even better, it’s ready in just 45 minutes from start to finish.

Preparation time 10 minute

cooking time 35 minute

total time 45 minute

raw material

  • 3 to 3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon Salt*
  • 1 1/2 cup cheese
  • 1 cup raisin (optional)

instruct

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.

  • In a large bowl whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, and baking soda. Add your buttermilk and raisins (if using) and stir until they come together.

  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until a smooth ball forms. Gradually add more flour as needed to obtain a firm but not sticky dough. Sprinkle the outside with flour and place on an ungreased baking sheet. With a sharp knife, score a 1-inch-deep cross in the top of the loaf.

  • Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

notes

This bread is salty bread. If you are sensitive to salt or prefer it simpler, you can reduce the salt to 1 tsp.

Serve: 1bread | Calories: 1815kcal | carbohydrate: 351G | protein: 56G | fat: 16G | Saturated fat: 7G | cholesterol: 39mg | sodium: 8457mg | Potassium: 954mg | fiber: 11G | sugar: 18G | Vitamin A: 595unit | calcium: 480mg | iron: 20.3mg

Irish Soda Bread