Irish Soda Bread
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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a quick and unbelievably easy bread to make and contains no eggs!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Bread with Beef Stew, Irish Soda Bread
Servings: 8 big slices
Calories: 100kcal
Author: SmartyPantsKitchen


  • 3 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF
  • In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients
  • Add butter; using your fingers, work the softened butter into the dry ingredients; work in butter until the mixture looks slightly crumbly
  • Add buttermilk to dry mixture and combine well; 
  • Once the buttermilk is completely combined with the dry ingredients, pour the dough mixture onto a lightly floured surface
  • Begin to knead the dough until it begins to stick together; this is about 15 turns of the dough; the finished product will be bumpy and lumpy; do not knead the dough until it is smooth or you will create too much gluten and the bread will be mushy
  • Form a 6" disc with the dough (about the size of a salad plate); using a knife, score an"X" on the top of the dough
  • Place dough on parchment lined baking dish and bake until the center temperature reaches 180ºF (40-50 minutes, depending upon your oven)


  • Irish Soda Bread has a rustic-look to it; it is not a smooth bread, like French bread
  • Store leftover bread in an air-tight container for up to 3 days
  • If you don't have cake flour, use all-purpose flour; just sift the flour twice before adding it to the recipe