Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Save this one for next year! Or make it today. I am a soda bread connoisseur having spent so much time in Ireland. And I have eaten a lot of awful soda bread. If you love soda bread this is the recipe for you. If you hate soda bread, this is also the recipe for you. And it could not be easier. I was given this recipe years ago from a friend that attended Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk into the bowl of your mixer.

Add a teaspoon of caraway seeds, 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 large egg.

Mix this all together until you have a smooth liquid. With the mixer running, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 3 T. melted butter.

Add 3/4 cup of flour and as the mixer is running, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Make sure your baking soda date has not expired.

With the mixer running, add 4 more cups of flour. Mix it until it just comes together.

Shape it into a ball and place it on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Cut a large X across the top. This allows the wee fairies to escape during baking.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour. Check for doneness by sticking a toothpick in the middle. When it comes out clean, it is done.

This is good slathered with Kerry Gold butter.


those look wonderful...i LOVE the baskets you have them in...and i LOVE that Kerry Gold butter...just the thing for irish soda bread...

we have bread baking weather...looks like you might too....

kary and teddy
I'm getting rid of all my soda bread recipes and keeping this one. It even makes more sense. If I didn't have No Knead and Sour Dough Bread working right now I'd be making this today. This would be heavenly with just soup.
Anonymous said…
I do like soda bread but I´ve read that one shouldn´t eat to much of it since the baking soda destroys all the vitamin B in the flour. But every now and again I bake either a bread much like this or scones :-)

Have a great day now!
Robin Larkspur said…
Sounds great, though, I hate to admit I am not fond of caraway; do you know of a substitute? And I love your remark about the wee fairies!!
Pricilla said…
I don't do caraway either. Leaves a nasty aftertaste.

I've made some nice sodabread in my day
Looks luscious and Kerry butter, 'nuff said.

Happy Weekend!

xoxo to "Teddy Red Fluffs".
Joyce, Kary told me about this, how wonderful it looked and it does. I'm hoping it will be ok if I just leave out the caraway seeds altogether. My husband likes it plain, darn.
I bet it always smells good at your house!
Jayne said…
I recognized Darina Allen's recipe immediately!She is featured in the special Ireland issue of the March/April Victoria magazine.I am waiting for my copy of her "Forgotten Skills of Cooking : The Time Honored Ways Are The Best" cookbook to arrive.The Victoria article contains her White Soda Bread,Scones,& Spotted Dog-Railway Cake recipes.
LiBBy said…
Divine. You had me at "Ireland". I will be making this.
Texan said…
I have so wanted to try Irish Soda Bread. Thanks
Dan said…
Made this bread today and it is absolutely amazing! I actually used half wholemeal (brown) flour and half white (mostly because I didn't have enough for it to be entirely brown. Anyway, great recipe, very easy to make 10/10 :) Will certainly be baking this again!