Irish Soda Bread Recipe


Elaine Lemm

  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
186 Calories
5g Fat
31g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 loaf (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 498mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 6g
Calcium 100mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Irish soda bread is irresistibly easy to make, and with no yeast or a long rising, also very quick. Irish flour is very soft and is difficult for baking yeast-leavened breads, hence the development of a bread using baking soda.

The bread can (and was) made with all white flour but the dough is hard to handle so I prefer a mix of the two. For a light bread work quickly and don't over process. A light hand will guarantee success.

Soda bread can also be made using wholewheat/grain flour and is also known as Wheaten Bread


  • 9 oz./250 g. strong white flour
  • 9 oz./250 g. wholegrain wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 18 fl oz./500 ml. buttermilk

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas 6.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, salt, and bicarbonate of soda. Add the buttermilk and stir to form a loose dough.

  3. Lightly dust the work surface with flour and turn out the dough. Knead the dough gently until smooth.

  4. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten to roughly 2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife lightly slash the surface of the dough in the shape of a cross.

  5. Place the dough on a greased, baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes until well risen and a light brown color.

  6. Leave to cool. Serve and enjoy!