Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

St. Paddy’s Day is coming up…it is the hubby’s favorite holiday (he is half Irish), so I like to cook something special for him. Last year I made him this Beer Braised Irish Stew and Irish Soda Bread which were both delicious.  This year I have something even better though!

While we were visiting family over the holidays, my father-in-law showed me his late mother’s handwritten recipe book, full of authentic Irish recipes that she used to make, like Irish Soda Bread, cornbread, Irish stew, shamrock steak and dumplings, colcannon, leprechaun brew, and lots more! Some of the recipes are dated back to 1937!

Irish Soda Bread

I am completely ecstatic over this recipe book! In the spirit of St. Paddy’s Day, I decided to share some recipes with you all!  I hope you like this Irish Soda Bread as much as I do!
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
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Authentic Irish Soda Bread recipe that has been passed down in the family. Only 5 ingredients!
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 8

  • 4 cups white whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur's)*
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Rub butter into the flour with your hands.
  3. Add salt and baking soda and mix well.
  4. Add buttermilk and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. With floured hands, knead into a ball.
  6. Turn onto a lightly floured board and flatten into a circle about 1½ inch thick, with your palms or a rolling pin.
  7. Make a cross on the top with a floured knife.
  8. Place on cooking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes.

*The original recipe calls for white flour. Because of the health benefits of wheat four, I substitute white whole wheat flour instead of white in almost every recipe that calls for it.



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