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This Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread shouldn’t be saved for Saint Patrick’s Day only, it should be enjoyed year round! Irish Soda bread doesn’t use any yeast but instead uses buttermilk and baking soda for it’s lift. Don’t expect a typical bread interior, think of it as a cross between bread, a biscuit and a scone. That’s the only way to describe it!

Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread
Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread

Let’s be clear : Irish Soda Bread is so easy to make that Mr Magpie made it the other day. Not only that, he made a chicken stew to go with it.  He texted me saying “ the bread looks sketchy” followed by these texts below. No wonder I keep him around, the sheer entertainment factor alone is priceless! 

What is Irish Soda Bread?

Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread similar to a biscuit or scone that uses baking soda as the leavener, not yeast. When you use baking soda or powder in a baked good you lose that inherently fluffy texture that is achieved by using yeast as your leavening agent. This is a coarse, thick-textured bread that honestly reminds me of one big biscuit. Traditionally, Irish Soda Bread has four basic ingredients: flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. Nowadays the modern versions add butter, raisins, sugar and occasionally egg. The traditional Irish Soda Bread is fairly bland, but anything slathered in butter and dipped in stew can be amazing!

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Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread
Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Tips & Tricks

  • This is a fairly sweet bread, so adding in currants or raisins is very common and delicious! Leave them out if you are eating the soda bread with a savoury dish however.
  • DO NOT SKIP brushing the loaf with the butter and buttermilk a few times when it’s baking. You will end up with a super thick, amazing crust like you see in the photos. It’s the best part of the entire soda bread!
  • Irish Soda bread is better the day that you make it, so don’t make it ahead of time. That aforementioned buttery crust is the best when it’s hot from the oven and slathered in salty butter.
  • I wouldn’t recommend freezing Irish soda bread, it’s just going to end up being one heavy disk of bread.

Can I make Irish Soda Bread Without Buttermilk?

Yes and no. This Irish Soda Bread was made with milk that had vinegar added as I don’t always have buttermilk in the fridge so I usually just use that kitchen hack. Add in 1 tbsp of white vinegar to a cup of milk and stir. It will curdle and do the trick! If you don’t add this however, this soda bread will not be successful. It’s the chemistry: you need the vinegar to combine with the baking soda to create carbon dioxide gas bubbles, which then causes the soda bread to rise. It will not rise at all if you don’t have something to spark this chemical reaction.

If you are looking for some more great biscuit recipes try my:

  1. Honeyed Coconut Biscuits
  2. The Best Biscuits Ever
  3. Simple Cheddar and Chive Biscuits 

Happy Baking and I hope you all have a wonderful St Patrick’s Day this weekend!

Love,

Karlynn

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Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread shouldn't be saved for Saint Patrick's Day only, it should be enjoyed year round! Irish Soda bread doesn't use any yeast but instead uses buttermilk and baking soda for it's lift. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6
Calories: 582 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 °F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet or get out a cast iron skillet.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and butter. The butter should be pea sized when worked through the dough.  

  3. Stir in the buttermilk and beaten egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form the dough into a round shape and place on prepared baking sheet. 

  4. In a small bowl, combine the melted salted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk, Take a brush and then brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean,  anywhere from 45 to 50 minutes. Continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes, every 15 minutes.

  6. Remove and cool slightly. Eat while warm and fresh.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from here.

Nutrition Facts
Fast and Easy Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 645mg 27%
Potassium 368mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 75g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 16.6%
Calcium 16.8%
Iron 23.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

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