Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

After perfecting crock pot glazed corned beef for our St. Patrick's Day meal, my husband set off to conquer Irish Soda Bread.  He saw a few chefs make it on cooking shows, but found that these celebrity's recipes were exactly the same as the one listed in the Betty Crocker Cookbook that we got as a wedding gift.  It turns out that Irish Soda Bread is quite similar to a big biscuit.  It requires basic pantry ingredients and everyday baking techniques.

One year my husband made six extra loaves of Irish Soda Bread and delivered them to our friends and neighbors on St. Patrick's Day.  Another year he made two more loaves and took them to our son's class.  After reading a few Irish folktales and playing "Danny Boy" on the tin whistle  for the second graders, he passed out hunks of Irish Soda bread slathered with Irish butter and strawberry jam.

Now my children look forward to the Irish Soda Bread more than they do to the corned beef.  This bread is a rustic companion for our St. Patrick's Day meal.  It gets a nice tang from the buttermilk and is best eaten on the day on which it is baked either warm or at room temperature.  Leftovers are great toasted for breakfast.  Our St. Patrick's Day is not complete without a loaf or two or three of my husband's Irish Soda Bread.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Irish Soda Bread
     adapted from Betty Crocker's Cookbook

3 Tablespoons butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
  1. Heat over to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Cut in butter with a pastry blender unitl mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4. Stir in just enough buttermilk so dough leaves side of bowl.
  5. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface.  Gently knead until smooth, about 1 minute.
  6. Shape dough into a round about 6 1/2 inches in diameter.  Place on a baking stone or greased cookie sheet.  Cut an X about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with a floured knife.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Brush with softened butter right after removing from oven.
  9. Serve with good Irish butter and jam.


  1. Hi Heidi,
    Someone was asking me the other day about Irish Soda I know where to send them. Your recipe looks great, it is a good season for it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  2. I love Irish Soda bread -- can't wait to make it this next week.

    We used our leftovers in French Toast last year -- it was amazing topped with fresh whipped cream and berries.

  3. Looks good! There are many types of soda bread, very authentic like yours w/o raisins and caraway, more biscuity. I posted my recipe for Potluck Friday too. I tried so many recipes until I got it the way I wanted! :) Some were so bad the birds wouldn't eat it!

    Hope you have a grand St. Patrick's Day. I am having a WSonoma Spring Pancake mold giveaway. Your kids will love it. Stop in and enter.

  4. Thank you all! If you make this, you won't regret it. Looking forward to trying the leftovers for French toast. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  5. Our kids love this bread on St. Patty's day...well, any time of year really. It's my "go to" bread in a pinch. I love that your man "LoveBombed" with Irish Soda Bread. I do think I may be inspired this year to do the same! Tell him thanks for the idea!

  6. This looks delicious! I'd like to invite you to link it up to my Recipe Exchange! It would be a wonderful addition. Hope to see you there!


  7. Thanks so much for linking up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS for Everything GREEN St. Patrick's Day, don't forget to stop by next Monday for Chocolate... Chocolate and More Chocolate!!!

  8. I am a bread junkie, this looks tasty! I invite you to link up any & all of your delightful creations to The Homespun Bake Shop @ The Tattered Tag. It's a great new place for delicious inspiration. I also host a fun blog bash K.I.S.S.

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  9. I don't think my original comment went thru...

    We love Irish soda bread - I really like your idea of making extra and giving away. I think I will make mini-loaves to give to our St. Patty's dinner guests!

    Thanks for linking this to This Week's Cravings. I'd love for you to join me at my Wednesday party - Gold Star Wednesday!

  10. I made this tonight, as well as your corned beef with orange glaze. It was amazing! My husband and daughter loved it, and even my 8-month-old son kept begging for more tiny pieces of bread and beef. Total hit! This will go in the rotation for sure!

  11. Your recipes look so yummy! Thanks so much for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you'll join us again next week! -The Sisters