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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread – The Irish Baker Abroad

This is a Traditional Irish Soda bread containing just 4 simple ingredients. Its a staple in a lot of Irish households. It’s easy to do, tastes great and you’ll have it shaped and baked in no time! 

Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe

450g | 3⅔ cups of Plain Flour

350ml | 1 ½ cups of Buttermilk

¾ tsp Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda

¾ tsp of Salt

For a brown version just replace half the flour or less with whole-wheat flour. Some flours hydrate differently so add or reduce the buttermilk if needed. Just go by the consistency in the video and you’ll be grand. 

To substitute the buttermilk add about 2 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice to 350ml of regular milk. Stir and let it stand for about 5-10 minutes. You can also use natural or Greek yoghurt. Just add a drop of water to it if it’s too thick


Mix the dry ingredients and run them through a sieve to evenly distribute the soda and to aerate the flour. Add the buttermilk and combine. The dough should be sticky but not too runny. Turn it out on to a floured surface and shape to a round ball. 

I dusted it with some rice flour for decoration purposes. This is optional. It gives a nice contrast in color to the darkness of the bread. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 

Cut a cross on top using a knife and prick each section with the knife to let the fairies out. I’m guilty of forgetting this crucial step so I ended up trapping those poor little mythological creatures inside in this particular video but I made up for it in others! 

Bake at 220C/428F for 15 minutes then lower the heat to 180C/356f and bake for a further 30 minutes. 

Fan Oven – 200C/392F then 180C/320F

Have a go and enjoy! 

All the best

Chris – Your Irish Baker Abroad 🇮🇪


Last updated May 29, 2023


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Susan McNamara

Sunday 21st of April 2024

Great makes it look so easy


Saturday 3rd of February 2024

I can put raisins in this bread right. Please let me know thank you.


Wednesday 6th of March 2024

@June, He has a dried fruit recipe soda brad as well to add ANY kind of dried fruit to it. So I am assuming you can add raisins


Tuesday 31st of October 2023

You're kidding! No raisins, currants or caraway seeds? It isn't Irish Soda Bread without these!