When making traditional food from any culture, I love to focus the entire meal around it. If you think of Ireland, usually the first meal that pops in to your head…? For me, Shepard’s Pie and Soda Bread. My family grew up eating it and I wanted to attempt soda bread for the first time.

I searched and searched for a ‘traditional’ recipe, and found decided upon this one. My family could not get enough and there wasn’t a piece leftover.

Soda Bread

So simple, yet so delicious. It barely made it to the table for dinner before our kids (& my husband) demolished it!

Cook Time 45 minutes


  • 4 C Flour
  • 2 C Buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

  3. Form a well and start by adding 1 cup of buttermilk. Mix in with dry ingredients. 

  4. Keep slowly adding buttermilk until dough is sticky. You may not use all of it.

  5. Turn dough on to a floured surface and knead about three to four times.

  6. Form in to one or two balls, depending on size of loaf preferred. With a sharp knife, cut a deep cross on top of your loaf/loaves.

  7. Place in cast-iron skillet or parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with remaining buttermilk. Cover with a lid (or pan) for first 30 minutes and remove for last 15 minutes.

  8. Bread is finished when a toothpick comes out clean.

  9. Serve with butter and honey.

Categories: Sides

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