Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I first made this recipe about 30 years ago. It's a wonderful alternative to a yeast bread and super easy to make.

While I love making my fluffy white bread recipe, sometimes you just don't have time to work through the process - shaping, rising, punching down - shaping again.

So this bread recipe cuts out all of the rising time and is ready in just an hour.

Would you just love to serve fresh bread for lunch on Saturday? Why not give this recipe a try.


  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 50 grams butter
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra flour

Hint: If you don't have buttermilk, use the same quantity of milk and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Let it stand for 10 minutes before using.


  1. Sift the flour baking soda, cream of tartar and salt into a bowl.
  2. Make a well in the centre.
  3. Using a knife, add sufficient buttermilk to mix a soft dough.
  4. Sprinkle the half the extra flour onto a board and turn the dough out.
  5. Knead very lightly (not like a normal loaf, just a light touch).
  6. Mould the bread into approximately an 18cm round shape and place on a greased and floured baking sheet.
  7. Make a cross in the centre with a sharp knife and dust with some extra flour.
  8. Cover the bread with a 20cm round cake pan.
  9. Bake at 200 degrees celsius for 40-45 minutes.
  10. Remove the cake pan and bake for another 15 minutes.
  11. Tap the underneath side of the bread - if it sounds hollow, it's ready.
  12. Cool on a rack.

Serve fresh or toast when 1-2 days old.


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May 28, 2022