Soda Bread

"This is a Dun Ard recipe. I do not know the original source."
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Ready In:
2 loaves




  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine ingredients.
  • Bake 30-45 minutes.
  • Makes 2 loaves.
  • NOTE:

  • The thicker the buttermilk, the drier or tougher the dough.
  • The thinner the buttermilk, the softer or stickier the dough.
  • The drier dough, tough dough works better because it holds its shape better, cuts easier and seems to cook faster.
  • The softer dough tends to want to flatten out, it's hard to cut, takes longer to knead, you have to add a little more flour to make it tougher. It also takes longer to bake.

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  1. danybrean
    Soda Bread is a traditional Irish recipe made with only four ingredients. Flour, buttermilk salt and baking soda or bread soda. The cross is cut into the bread before baking to allow the center to cook thoroughly as it rises. So when you put a clean knife into the middle of the bread to test it and it comes out clean, you will know the bread is done.It is then traditionally wrapped in a clean tea towel or piece of linen to cool. This softens the hard crust and makes it easier to cut.
  2. badbetty
    This is the real deal, not one of those faux "soda bread" recipes with additional ingredients. (They might be tasty but they are not real soda bread.) Let the bread cool and rest a few hours if you want the slices to hold together. I never can though. It's too good warm! Thanks for posting this authentic recipe.
  3. Dienia B.
    soda bread is a easy warm biscuit like bread its something different that the kids can help with to make for dinner that doesnt take alot of time thanks for posting make sure you cut the cross on it it seems to help with the raising dont know why thanks for posting dee
  4. LJBW
    Excellent recipe! I love that it makes two loaves. I kneaded floured raisins into the dough (about one cup) along with another cup or so of flour, and it turned out fantastically. My family of four devoured one whole loaf during our St. Patrick's Day dinner. I'm so glad we have have one left. Delicious!
  5. Marla in TX
    Very good bread. My kids loved it smeared with butter. I used Saco Buttermilk Culture, this is a powdered buttermilk, and added only enough water to make it tough and dry. I also added enough Caraway seeds to incorporate them throughout the dough. Very easy recipe and no rising time. Yay!


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