Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Andrea Sumner


It's hard to find Irish flour so I use cake flour. You can easily use all purpose flour. Traditional Irish Soda Bread has no sugar, I was always told if it has sugar or baking powder, it's cake. I use my cast iron Dutch oven for this in place of bastible pot because that's what I grew up seeing used but have friend who has used 2 cake pans, one turned over as a lid.

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10 Min


45 Min




4 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
14 oz

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly grease and flour bastible pot or a cake pan.
In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.
Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough.
Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)
Shape into a round flat shape in a bastible pot, dutch oven, or round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.
Cover and bake, if using cake pan, cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot).
Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.
Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish