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Classic Irish Soda Bread - Simple Recipe Perfect For St. Patrick's Day

This classic Irish Soda Bread recipe is super simple to make, and perfect for serving on St. Patrick's day {or any day really.} It pairs well with homemade soups and stews, or even served simply - with with a few pads of butter and your favorite hot beverage. We made our Classic Irish Soda Bread, gluten-free however, you can easily use the substitution below, if you don't have a gluten allergy in your home.

Hi friends, how have you been? It seems like I've been spending a ton of time in the kitchen lately. Our twelve year old son is definitely growing, and he's eating everything in sight these days! Because we have a variety of allergies to cater to in our home, I try to make most of our food from scratch - including the majority of our breads/baked goods. This Classic Irish Soda Bread recipe is a current favorite in our home, so I've been making it at least two times a week lately; it's not just a St. Patrick's Day tradition around here!

Grab my recipe for classic Irish Soda Bread, below.

Classic Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Yields: 1 8"-10" loaf of Classic Irish Soda Bread - 6-8 slices/servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 45 minutes

What you'll need:
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • 4 cups flour (we used gluten free all purpose cup4cup flour - you can use regular all purpose flour if you don't have a need/want to make your recipe gluten-free)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted sweet cream butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk 
  • 1 large egg

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease baking sheet lightly with butter
  3. Combine the dry ingredients well (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt)
  4. Add 1 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup softened butter (cut into small pieces), and egg to dry ingredients. Mix until combined well.
  5. Lay a piece of parchment paper down on your work surface. Flour it lightly.
  6. Knead dough (for about 5 minutes)
  7. Shape dough into a round ball (press down on the ball once formed to ensure that it isn't too thick in the center). Place on greased baking sheet.
  8. Cut an X in the top of the loaf of bread.
  9. Combine 1/4 cup buttermilk and melted butter. Brush top of loaf with the mixture. Repeat every 15-20 minutes while baking.
  10. Bake for 45 (or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean).
  11. Cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with a pad or two of butter along your favorite soups or stews, OR even as-is with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.