Homemade Irish Soda Bread

If you’ve been looking for the perfect no-yeast bread to serve with any meal during the day, look no further than this delicious Irish Soda Bread! Made without raisins and using only pantry staple ingredients, this bread could not be simpler or any more delicious. It has a wonderful crunchy crust on the exterior, but when you cut into it, the bread itself is soft, moist, and oh so fluffy. The flavor is simple, but it works well it everything! From smearing with jams at breakfast to serving with your favorite weeknight dinner. It’s the ultimate simple versatile bread!

overhead shot of sliced irish soda bread on wood board with white napkin, flowers, jam jar, bowl of butter, knife, and stack of plates

About The Recipe

It’s finally Friday and we are less than a week away from St. Patrick’s Day! It may not be a holiday that we go all out celebrating in our family, but we always try to bake up some delicious Irish-inspired treats during this time of year. My great grandfather was Irish and we thought it would be fun to pay a little tribute to him and his family with this delicious Irish Soda Bread!

But, I will be the first to admit, this recipe is definitely not traditional. It’s kind of our take on it. Where we live, we can’t really find the traditional ingredients so…we made do with what we could find!

We originally tried this bread with whole wheat flour and, I’ll be honest, it just didn’t taste good. It was bitter, flavorless, and had a grainy mouthfeel. So, my mom and I went back to the drawing board and looked at our recipe.

What could we do to really make this taste good and be perfect alongside breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just to have with a cup of tea/coffee?

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With a little bit a tweaking, we turned this recipe into something absolutely delicious! It may not be traditional, but it definitely is something you can serve with every meal. Perfect for spreading butter on in the mornings, snacking on at lunch, or enjoying with soups/stews at night.

Our recipe results in a close textured and moist loaf, but it still has a slightly crisp crust. The flavor profile is simple, but it compliments every meal you serve it with! Every bite is actually filling and so delicious. 

And, if you’d like, you can even stir in some raisins or currants for a fun addition to your bread!

Why You Will Love This Irish Soda Bread

  • This recipe only uses 7 super simple ingredients.
  • Makes 1 loaf, but it’s the perfect amount for several meals.
  • Ready in about 30-40 minutes!
  • Has absolutely NO yeast.
  • Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even dinner.
  • Simple in flavor.
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Equipment Needed

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Sheet Pan
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

flour, salt, milk powder, baking soda, sugar, buttermilk, and sour cream on marble surface

How To Make Irish Soda Bread

Step 1: Make the dough

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, powdered milk, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and sour cream.

Pour buttermilk mixture over flour mixture and mix until just combined. Do NOT overwork!

Step 2: Shape, score, and bake

Turn onto floured surface and, very carefully, shape into a boule using your hands. Flatten the top slightly.

Use a sharp floured knife, to cut top of dough into quarters, stopping about halfway through the dough. Bake for 8 minutes. Reduce heat the oven temperature and continue baking for 15-20 minutes.

What To Serve With Irish Soda Bread

The great thing about this bread is that it goes with almost anything and everything! Though, here are a few of our favorite dishes to enjoy with this bread.

How To Store

You can store this bread covered at room temperature for 2-3 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week, or you can freeze this bread for a month! Just remember, if you freeze this bread, set it out a few hours ahead of time and allow to come to room temperatures.

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Expert Tips

  • The real secret behind this bread is the milk powder! It adds so much to this bread and really makes it unlike any loaf you’ve had.
  • Be careful to not overwork the dough. It’s meant to be shaggy.
  • Don’t forget to score the bread on top in an “X” pattern before baking! It needs to be cut about half way through the loaf to help the middle cook all the way through.
  • If you are unsure if the bread is done, use an instant read thermometer and poke it into the middle of the loaf. A fully baked loaf of bread should read about 210 degrees F.
  • The crust will soften after storing.

When you make this Homemade Irish Soda Bread, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

overhead shot of sliced irish soda bread on wood board with white napkin, flowers, jam jar, bowl of butter, knife, and stack of plates

Homemade Irish Soda Bread

Traci
Irish Soda Bread is a delicious and simple loaf that doesn't require any yeast, takes only 30-40 minutes to make, and works for any and every meal! This recipe may not be traditional, but still so delicious. Dense, moist, soft, but still yields a crispy exterior. The perfect loaf!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Course Breads
Cuisine Irish/American
Servings 12
Calories 153 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 ¾ Tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • ¾ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 6 Tablespoons sour cream

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 475 degrees F.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, powdered milk, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and sour cream.
  • Pour buttermilk mixture over flour mixture.
  • Mix only to blend.
  • Turn onto floured surface.
  • Using floured hands, form into a boule.
  • Flatten top slightly.
  • Use a sharp floured knife, to cut top of dough into quarters, stopping about halfway through the dough.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 375 degrees.
  • Continue baking for 15-20 minutes, until done.

Notes

  • The real secret behind this bread is the milk powder! It adds so much to this bread and really makes it unlike any loaf you’ve had.
  • Be careful to not overwork the dough. It’s meant to be shaggy.
  • Don’t forget to score the bread on top in an “X” pattern before baking! It needs to be cut about half way through the loaf to help the middle cook all the way through.
  • If you are unsure if the bread is done, use an instant read thermometer and poke it into the middle of the loaf. A fully baked loaf of bread should read about 210 degrees F.
  • The crust will soften after storing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 263mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 138IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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