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Basic Irish soda bread recipe

Soda bread baked in a loaf pan (Stephanie Hardiman Simon / TribLocal)

Soda bread baked in a loaf pan (Stephanie Hardiman Simon / TribLocal)

This isn’t a super traditional or family recipe for soda bread. Feel free to use this if you’re looking for an easy recipe or have never made soda bread before.


3 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted in the microwave

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine beaten egg and buttermilk. Mix this in with the dry ingredients. There’s no need to use a mixer – a good wooden spoon will suffice. Once you’ve combined the ingredients into a dough, pour the melted butter into the dough, mixing it in well. Transfer the dough into a loaf pan (other people use skillets or griddles – I like the pan because it gives it a distinct bread loaf shape). Bake for 60 to 70 minutes (bake time will depend on your oven).

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