Irish Soda Bread

Still baked in countless Irish farm and city homes.
Servings 1 loaf
Prep Time


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk; mix quickly and only until dough leaves edge of bowl. Scoop dough, with rubber scraper, into greased 9-inch round pan. With floured knife, cut across top of dough, then cut again at right angle. Bake in preheated 375 F oven until golden brown and loaf sounds hollow when tapped (35-40 minutes). Cool on rack; serve slightly warm or cool.
  2. To Cut: Break bread at quarter lines; slice each quarter.

Recipe Notes

Irish Oat Bread: Substitute 1 cup steel-cut oats for 1/2 cup flour.