Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Hi! I'm Christina from It's a Keeper and I want to let you in on a little secret. Ready? I'm scared of yeast. There. I said it. I feel so much better now. I don't know why I'm afraid of yeast. Maybe it's because there's a process you need to follow in order for it to work properly. Or maybe it's because it's alive (said in my best mad scientist voice). In any case, I tend to shy away from recipes that require me to work with yeast. That leaves out most bread recipes. Most, but not all!
This recipe for Irish Soda Bread is the perfect bread recipe. First (and most importantly), it doesn't require any yeast. YAY! The baking soda (the soda part of Soda Bread) is what gives this bread it's lift.
Second, it's easy to make. And, by easy, I mean VERY easy. Like only 4 ingredients easy. The third reason this is the perfect bread recipe is it passes my toast test. Yes, there is such a thing.
To pass the toast test, it must turn a nice golden brown, have nice crispy edges and stay ever so slightly soft in the middle. I give out bonus points if there are nooks and crannies for the butter to melt in to.
And, did I mention that this bread is ready to eat in under an hour? I love easy recipes! If you get a chance, check out my list of 70+ Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas.
This Irish Soda Bread passes all of my (somewhat crazy) tests. It's perfect all the way around. I highly recommend you give it a try this St. Patrick's Day, or any other day for that matter.
Irish Soda Bread
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. In a mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the buttermilk. Turn the mixer to medium speed and mix until a sticky ball forms. Continue to mix at medium speed for a minute.
- Remove dough from mixer and place into prepared pan. Press dough so that it cover the bottom of the pan. Using a sharp knife, cut an X into the dough about 1/4 inch deep. Cover the pan with another 9-inch cake pan that has been inverted.
- Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing bread from the cake pan.
What is your favorite Irish recipe?
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