Irish Soda Bread


  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 2/3 cups buttermilk, shaken well


  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into a large bowl, then whisk them together to make sure they’re combined well.
  4. Pour in the buttermilk and using a wooden spoon, stir everything together until it forms a dough.
  5. The dough will be wet and shaggy at this point.
  6. Lightly dust your work surface and your hands with flour, then turn the dough out and knead it gently, just until it comes together a bit better.
  7. Pat it into a smooth circle 1 inch deep and transfer it to the lined baking tray, then cut a deep cross in the center.
  8. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, checking it halfway through the cooking time to rotate the tray and ensure it isn’t browning too quickly.
  9. When it’s done, it should be golden brown and the bottom will sound hollow when you tap it.
  10. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before you slice it.



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