traditional Irish soda bread on a wooden board

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Don't miss out on a loaf of Traditional Irish Soda Bread this St. Patrick's Day!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 127kcal
Author Nora Rusev


  • 4 cups flour either all white OR half white, half whole wheat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk or a little more, if dough seems dry


  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat OR with baking parchment and generously flour it.
  • Mix dry ingredients: Add flour, salt and baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Stir well.
  • Make dough: Slowly pour in the buttermilk while stirring with your fingers, until you have a sticky dough. Turn it out on the prepared baking sheet and knead it 4-5 times. Shape into a slightly flat circle.
  • Finish and bake: Sprinkle the top of the bread with flour. Make two deep incisions crosswise through the entire bread (it should look like a four-leaf clover, do cut almost through the bread!). Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden in color and hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a rack before serving warm.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 63mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.5mg