Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

Irish Soda Bread


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, sugar and salt to a large bowl; mix well.
  3. Add all of the buttermilk at once; stir until soft dough forms.
  4. It might be a little lumpy, but don't worry about it at this point.
  5. Pour contents of bowl out onto the counter.
  6. Knead for a minute or so until blended.
  7. Divide dough into two portions.
  8. Shape each portion into a round loaf with lightly flattened tops.
  9. Put loaves on large ungreased baking sheet, preferably the nonstick kind.
  10. Sprinkle some additional flour on top of each loaf and with a sharp knife, cut a cross in two slashes across the top of each loaf.
  11. Let the loaves sit for 10 minutes.
  12. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Makes 2 loaves.
Most Helpful

This was so easy to make and I could hardly wait for it to be cool enough to slice! I had it with butter and home-made strawberry & rhubarb jam. Lovely! I used 50/50 plain and stoneground wholemeal flour as I prefer brown soda bread. I guess the wholemeal flour was the reason that I had to use additional buttermilk to bind it all together (about 1/4 cup). I'll defenitely be making this again! *UPDATE* I have finaly tried the recipe as it is written because I was out of wholemeal flour and just wanted to add, that it's still a great tasting soda bread, that I just can't stop eating!

-Sylvie- January 23, 2006

GREAT stuff. Not a raisen bread, herb bread, or wheat bread. Just a simply delicious pure Irish soda bread. I'm sitting in a Nairobi guest house with minimal ingredients. Had to leave out the cornstarch and soured some milk by adding vinegar. Sprinkled with salt before baking. The bread was excellent. My housemates are raving over a simple meal of bean soup and soda bread. Doesn't get any better than this for a cook.

Dr. Paul November 05, 2009