Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

by 247tasty

Prep: 15min | Cook: 50mins | Total: 1hr 5min | Servings: 20 | Yield: 1 1 1/1 pound loaf

This Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread is a fast bread that needs no leaven. Most of the leavening, however, comes from baking soda and buttermilk. This Irish soda bread recipe belongs to my grandmother and has been loved for years in my family. It’s thick and light, and it has the most beautiful crusty exterior. Buttermilk and cold butter are the keys to its treasured success. It seems everyone has their favorite recipe for Irish soda bread. Many of the versions of this recipe have caraway seeds, others with raisins, many with both, and some with none. Try this recipe for this Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread, and enjoy it with your family and friends.


(4) cups Wheat flour, white, all-purpose, enriched, bleached
4 tbsp Sugars, granulated
1 tsp Leavening agents, baking soda
1 tbsp Baking Powder
½ tsp salt, table
(½) cup Margarine, soft, corn (hydrogenated and regular)
1 cup of milk, buttermilk, fluid, cultured, low fat
(1) egg, whole, raw, fresh
¼ cup Butter, with salt
¼ cup Milk, buttermilk, fluid, cultured, low fat


1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease lightly a large baking sheet.

2. In a large bowl, add and mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and margarine. Stir in a cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form a round shape in the dough and put it on a prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.

3. In the preheated oven, bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean for 45 to 50 minutes. Check after 30 minutes for doneness. You will continue to brush the butter mixture with the loaf while it is baking.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 171.6 calories; 16 mg cholesterol; 269.1 mg sodium; 3.5 g protein; 22.5 g carbohydrates.

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