Authentic Irish Soda Bread (Bread Machine)

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I found this recipe in the book: Rustic European Bread. Won't believe how wonderful this bread will taste. You will be a champ on St. Patrick's.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Process all ingredients in your bread machine set on the dough cycle.
  2. Remove from bread machine, punch down, cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet (I cover it with parchment paper). Punch the dough down, and shape it into an 8-inch circle, slightly flattened. Cover with wax paper, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F Slash the top of the dough with a large X. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 and continue to bake for 15 more minutes.
  5. Don't forget leftovers, if any, are great for sandwiches.


Most Helpful

First off, everything about the name of this bread is wrong. This is not Irish, it's not a soda bread, and you don't need a bread maker since it doesn't even bake in the thing. Irish breads don't have molasses and caraway seed in them. Soda breads don't have yeast in them. The soda and the buttermilk are what is supposed to cause the rising (hence "SODA bread"). Also, this bread tastes bad. Like a sweetened rye. I don't know where you found this "rustic" recipe, but throw it out.

Brian M. November 22, 2015

As an Irish person, I would say that there is nothing "Authentic" about a soda bread recipe that uses molasses, yeast, bread flour and about 3 times the ingredients of a truly authentic Irish Soda. There should be soft plain flour, buttermilk, salt, baking soda and possibly/occasionally sultanas or raisins. Thats it. I'm sure this bread is tasty but it is not Irish Soda Bread.

Teresa E. March 12, 2014

Just made two loaves of this for my co-workers
using my breadmaker with rave reviews!

williadt March 15, 2012

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