5 from 5 votes
Round loaf of Traditional Irish Soda Bread wrapped in a towel.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Traditional Irish Soda Bread- this Irish Soda Bread recipe only requires 4 ingredients! It doesn't use yeast so it's simple to make!

Course: Bread
Servings: 1 loaf (6-8 servings)
Author: Countryside Cravings
  • 4 cups (580g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (470ml) cold buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease well; set aside.  You can also use an 8" cake pan or oven proof skillet.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir in the buttermilk just until combined and it starts to become too stiff to stir.  Transfer to work surface and with floured hands lightly knead the dough 5-10 times or until all the flour is moistened and the dough comes together.  

  3. Form dough into an 8" round.  Place on prepared pan and with a very sharp knife cut a 1/4" deep X on the top.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.  

Recipe Notes
  1. This bread is best served shortly after baking but can be stored at room temperature tightly wrapped for 2-3 days.  Can also be frozen for 2-3 months. 
  2. Buttermilk is vital to the flavor and texture in this recipe and cannot be replaced with plain milk.  However, you can make your own buttermilk by pouring 2 tablespoons white vinegar or fresh (not bottled) lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.  Fill with whole milk or 2%.  (I don't recommend using anything less than 2% for this recipe.)  Let stand 5-10 minutes before using.