Traditional Irish Soda Bread
This Traditional Irish Soda Bread is made just like it should be and as its name implies. Nothing more than flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt to make our white soda bread which is entirely the way it was meant to be enjoyed! Start adding anything, and you have a different bread or tea cake entirely…such as ‘spotted dog’. That would be a more accurate name for a soda bread containing raisins.
Nothing against all of the wonderful variations that could be made, but a truly Traditional Irish Soda Bread would reflect that simplicity of what it was used for…like the ‘Wonder Bread’ of that era in Ireland. So we choose to enjoy our Irish Soda Bread in this very simplistic form. And it is absolutely wonderful!
Never have I heard a complaint even begin to form on the lips of anyone that has tried our White Soda Bread. It’s a fantastic bread…and if you like buttermilk biscuits, you should enjoy this soda bread for sure!
Today’s golden crusted loaf of Irish Soda Bread is intended for another fabulous recipe, a sweet dessert that is the perfect use for any dried bread leftovers. This version using our two-day-old Irish Soda Bread takes the usual bread pudding to a whole new level!
We’ve paired our Irish Soda Bread Pudding (our Bread & Butter Pudding) with a super smooth and rich creme anglaise flavored with Bailey’s Irish Cream for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
Last updated: March 12th, 2018
Our traditional white soda bread is a fun bread any day, but we love to make quite a few loaves around St. Patrick's Day to enjoy with our Irish food!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C) and grease a 8 inch cake pan or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. *I prefer to use a set of the 2" deep cake pans, grease the bottom cake pan and use the second as a lid to simulate the bastible that Irish Soda Bread was originally baked in.
In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and add the baking soda and salt. Stir to mix with the flour, then make a well in the center of your dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk and stir until a sticky dough is formed (even though the dough is sticky, it may be in pieces (see video)).
Turn the sticky dough out onto a lightly floured surface, flour your hands and knead the dough gently (to prevent the gas from escaping). Bring the dough together and shape into a 1 1/2 - 2 inch tall disc shape to fit into your 8 inch cake pan (this should be roughly the same size if you are baking on a baking sheet).
Use a sharp knife to score a cross on the top of the dough (to bless the bread), then poke each of the four corners (traditionally done to allow the fairies to escape, otherwise they will jinx the bread).
Cover the cake pan with the second cake pan and bake at 425 degrees ( 218 degrees C) for 30 minutes, then remove the top cake pan and finish baking for an additional 15 minutes. The bread will have a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom crust.
Turn the baked soda bread out of the cake pan and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack. Break the bread loaf in half and cut into thick slices (or serve as 4-8 torn wedges) to be buttered.
*Cover the bread with a tea towel and mist with a spray bottle to keep your bread moist.
**Once your Traditional Irish Soda Bread is day old, it is perfect for making our Irish Soda Bread Pudding!
*Irish Soda Bread was originally baked in a Bastible, which is very similar to a Dutch Oven. However, baking soda bread in our Dutch Oven will give the bottom of our loaf a rounded appearance. Instead, we are using a pair of cake pans to simulate the Bastible, and keep a nice flat bottom crust on our white soda bread.