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**Also seen at Cafe Zupas**

Even though I’m not Irish, I still love learning about the different foods associated with St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland. Irish stew, boxty, coddle, soda bread – all things that don’t usually grace my dinner table, but now that St. Patrick’s day is near, it’s a great time to experiment!

As I was looking up recipes for Irish soda bread, I found many variations. Some had raisins, and some had whole wheat flour, but this one I was able to whip up with pantry staples that I usually have on hand. It was super easy, fast and delicious! This would be a great companion to a good stew to see us through the last days of winter!

Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespooons butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425F. Sift together the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until only small bits remain.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add in the egg and the buttermilk and mix with a wooden spoon until it is too stiff to stir. Flour your hands and mix the dough by hand just long enough to form a ball. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky, but don’t overmix the dough.

Transfer the dough to a cast iron skillet, and score the top of the dough in an “X” shape with a serrated knife. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the bread is golden and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom. Serve bread warm or at room temperature.

**If the top is getting too dark, tent with aluminum foil.

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21 Responses to Irish Soda Bread

  1. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Love it!! That looks great!!

  2. Donna-FFW says:

    Super easy and tasted great,, I am so there! I will make this today! I have everything. Plan on sending it to work with my husband so he and the other firemen can have some St Pattys spiritwhile at work. THANK you.. perfectly timed recipe!

  3. Ryley says:

    we were just talking about Irish Soda bread at work! Funny that you posted this at exaclt the same time! i’ll make sure to pass it along to the people that were looking for a recipe.
    It looks so good.. Makes me want stew! 🙂
    And so easy.. I love it!

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your soda bread looks great! I also made two this afternoon…



  5. Barbara Bakes says:

    Perfect timing – I was thinking about stew and Irish Soda Bread for dinner tomorrow! Thanks!

  6. ♥Rosie♥ says:

    Your soda bread looks great Debs! I’ve also just posted soda bread too ;0)

    Rosie x

  7. Maria says:

    I made a similar bread!! Yours looks really tasty!

  8. Elyse says:

    What a fabulous looking soda bread! I love when great recipes come together quick and taste delicious! I think I may have to make this for St. Patty’s!!

  9. Spryte says:

    That looks so good! I was going to make one on Saturday, but never got around to it. Now I really wish I had!

  10. Sara says:

    This looks great, I have never eaten soda bread before, let alone made it! I definitely need to try it soon.

  11. Ingrid says:

    Is it the baking soda that makes it irish “soda” bread?

    Can’t beat super easy and taste great!

  12. Mary says:

    This looks really good and seems easy to do. Nice recipe.

  13. Steph says:

    That looks really good. I’ve never had irish soda bread before and was considering making a loaf myself. What is its texture like? Since there’s no yeast and almost like a quick bread.. it is more muffin like or bread like?

  14. Michelle says:

    Mmmm I’m not Irish but always loved the soda bread my mom made for my Irish stepfather. Her has raisins and caraway seeds though. I wonder if that’s normal?

  15. Paula says:

    Oh, look at you making bread! How cool that this is made in a cast iron skillet! It looks terrific! YUM!

  16. Sophie says:

    Oh! I could go for a piece right now, with jam :). Have a lovely St. Patty’s Day!

  17. ~~louise~~ says:

    I LOVE Irish Soda Bread! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Grace says:

    i love the rough, knobby, rustic look of this loaf. happy st patty’s day indeed.

  19. Elle says:

    I like your recipe better than most I’ve seen. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  20. ash says:

    made it last night, soooo good – i make soda bread every st. paddy’s day but this is my new favorite recipe

  21. Emily says:

    This looks perfect!

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