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Irish Soda Bread

This Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that has a dense texture and a crunchy crust. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Servings 12 servings


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cold and cubed


  • Preheat oven to 400°F and prepare your pan. You can use a parchment lined baking sheet, a cast iron skillet, or a greased pie dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together.
  • Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles pea sized crumbs.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
  • Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients. Gently fold to combine. Be very careful not to over work the dough.
  • Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 1 minute.
  • Form the dough into a 9 inch loaf and transfer to your prepared pan.
  • Using a very sharp knife, score an X in the top of the loaf.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow the loaf to cool in the pan 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


If the top of your loaf starts to brown too much, tent it with foil while it continues baking.
Keyword irish soda bread