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Easy Irish Soda Bread
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Easy Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a rustic peasant bread requiring no yeast and no rising. It is amazingly easy to make, amazingly delicious to taste, and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The food processor does most of the work. The only real hands-on is a minimal working of the dough to form a cohesive and bumpy disc. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish, St. Patrick's Day
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 3 cups (15 ounces) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) cake flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces, plus 1 Tablespoon melted
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Add all purpose flour, cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Process until well combined, about 10 seconds. Add butter; process until mixture resembles coarse crumb, about 10 seconds.
  • Add buttermilk; pulse process just until dough begins to come together, 6 or 7 pulses.
  • Turn out onto flour-coated work surface; knead until dough just becomes cohesive and bumpy, 12 to 14 turns. Do not overwork dough.
  • Pat dough into a round about 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches high; place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheet or in a greased cast-iron skillet. Cut a cross shape into the top.
  • Bake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into center of loaf comes out clean or internal temperature reaches 180 degrees, 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter; cool to room temperature, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Yield: One loaf.


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3.1mg