St. Patty’s Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ Irish Soda Bread

If there is one thing I grew up loving to do is baking, and bread was the #1 on that list. Coming home from a long day from school to a piece warm fresh bread with a slab of homemade butter, was a childhood treat.

Irish Soda Bread is a traditional product of a poor country, it was made with only the most basic of ingredients: flour, baking soda (used as a leavening agent instead of yeast), soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt

St. Patty’s Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 38 minutes

Yield: 2 Loaves

St. Patty’s Irish Soda Bread


  • 6 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbs Cornstarch
  • 2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 Cups Buttermilk


  1. Add all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix very well
  2. Pour all of the buttermilk into the bowl at once and stir, using a wooden spoon, just until soft dough is formed
  3. Do not try to make it smooth at this point
  4. Pour the contents of the bowl out onto the counter and knead for 1 minute, until everything comes together
  5. Divide the dough into 2 or 3 portions and shape each into a round loaf
  6. Press the top down a bit to just barely flatten it
  7. Place the loaves on a large un-greased, non-stick baking sheet
  8. Sprinkle some additional flour on the top of each loaf
  9. Using a sharp paring knife make a cross design in slashes on the top of each loaf
  10. Allow the loaves to rest for 10 minutes and then bake on the middle rack
  11. Bake for 40 minutes or until loaves are golden brown


To make your own Buttermilk you can add 1 Tablespoon of lemon Juice or Vinegar per 1 cup of milk...

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