Traditional Irish Soda Bread
  • 1 lb. (3-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Stir together the flour, salt and baking in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in 1½ cups of the buttermilk.
  3. Use a wooden spoon or your hand to combine the ingredients. You want the dough to be soft- don't over mix it. Add more buttermilk if needed to get the dough to come together.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and give it a few kneads and shape it into a 6-inch diameter disk (about 2 inches tall.)
  5. Use a sharp knife to score an X on the top of the loaf (I did mine a bit too deep as you can tell, you only need to cut in a little bit.) Transfer to a cookie sheet or pizza stone and bake for 15 mins.
  6. Reduce the heat to 400F and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden, and the bread sounds hollow when you tap it.
  7. Let bread cool slightly before slicing and slathering with salted butter!
Recipe from: Fine Cooking
Recipe by The Baker Chick at