Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for Brunch

Are you looking for a recipe that is quick, easy and delicious? If so, look no further than this traditional Irish Soda Bread (White) recipe. Made with only four simple ingredients, white flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk, this bread is both satisfying and versatile.

Irish Soda Bread is a beloved staple in the Emerald Isle and is renowned for its simplicity and versatility. The bread is leavened using baking soda instead of yeast, which makes it an ideal choice for those with allergies or who prefer a no-yeast option.

This White Soda Bread recipe uses white flour instead of whole wheat, making it perfect for those who prefer a lighter texture. It’s easy to put together and requires no kneading or resting time – just mix the ingredients, shape the dough and bake!

The best part? The aroma that fills your kitchen as it bakes is unbeatable. The smell of freshly baked bread evokes joy in all of us and this White Irish Soda Bread will definitely not disappoint.

So gather your ingredients and let’s get started on making a delicious loaf of bread that will transport you straight to the heart of Ireland.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Soda Bread (White)
Irish Soda Bread (White)

Have you ever craved freshly baked bread but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of yeast and hours of waiting? If that’s the case, then you’ll love this recipe for Irish Soda Bread!

This quick and easy bread recipe requires no yeast, which means that you can have a loaf of warm bread on your table in under an hour. It’s so simple that even novice bakers can make it successfully on their first try. Plus, it’s made with only four simple ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.

But the simplicity of the recipe shouldn’t fool you into thinking that its flavor is lacking. This bread is baked to perfection with a crunchy crust and a soft, moist center that pairs well with any meal. Serve it alongside soups or stews or simply enjoy it with butter and jam for breakfast.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it also has a rich history. Irish Soda Bread has been around for centuries and was originally made as a staple food during times when other types of bread were scarce. Today, this bread has become part of traditional Irish cuisine and is often enjoyed during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

So why not add this authentic Irish treasure to your baking repertoire? With its easy-to-follow steps and delicious flavor, this recipe for Irish Soda Bread will surely become one of your favorites!

Ingredient List

 A freshly baked loaf of Irish soda bread, hot out of the oven and ready to be enjoyed.
A freshly baked loaf of Irish soda bread, hot out of the oven and ready to be enjoyed.

Get Your White Flour Ready

Irish Soda Bread is a bread made from four simple ingredients: White Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, and Buttermilk. You will need 4 cups of white flour preferably unbleached, 1 level teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda for this bread recipe.

Don’t Forget Buttermilk and Sugar

To create the perfect chemical reaction between the buttermilk and baking soda, we have to balance the dry ingredients with wet ingredients as well. For this recipe, you will need 2 cups of buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Extra Ingredient for Flavour

If you fancy some flavour to your bread, you can add one tablespoon of caraway seeds before you knead the dough.

Ingredient List Recap:

  • 4 cups white flour preferably unbleached
  • 1 level teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds

The Recipe How-To

 Nothing beats the smell of a homemade loaf of bread, like this traditional Irish soda bread.
Nothing beats the smell of a homemade loaf of bread, like this traditional Irish soda bread.

Now, it’s time to get our hands dirty and start baking some delicious Irish Soda Bread! This recipe is straightforward and easy to follow, so let’s get started.


  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Dust a baking sheet with flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Slowly pour in the buttermilk and stir until you have a sticky dough. You may need to use your hands at this point to bring the dough together.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it very lightly for about a minute so that it forms a round loaf.
  5. Place the loaf on the dusted baking sheet.
  6. Using a sharp knife, scores a deep cross into the top of the bread.
  7. Put the sheet in the preheated oven for approximately 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown on top.
  8. To check if your bread has cooked through or not use an instant-read thermometer, which should read between 190°F(88°C) at least.

That’s it! Your Irish Soda Bread is ready to serve and enjoy!

I hope you found these instructions easy to follow and get great results every time you bake this traditional Irish loaf made with four simple ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. This type of bread doesn’t require yeast, making it easier and quicker to prepare than yeast bread. You’ll love how flavorful it is with just a hint of tanginess from the buttermilk. Happy Baking!

Substitutions and Variations

 Simple ingredients make for delicious results, as seen in this recipe for Irish soda bread.
Simple ingredients make for delicious results, as seen in this recipe for Irish soda bread.

Irish soda bread is a classic recipe that has been enjoyed for generations. While the traditional recipe calls for four simple ingredients – flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk – there are many variations you can try to make the bread your own.

One way to add some extra flavor to your soda bread is to mix in some caraway seeds. This will give your bread a slightly sweet and nutty taste that pairs perfectly with butter and jam.

If you prefer a lighter texture to your bread, you can substitute some of the white flour for whole wheat flour. This will add some extra fiber and nutrients to your bread while still maintaining its light and fluffy texture.

For those who are looking for a gluten-free option, there are many gluten-free flours available that can be used as a substitute for wheat flour. Popular options include almond flour or coconut flour.

If you want to make your Irish soda bread a bit sweeter, you can add some sugar or honey to the dough. This will give your bread a slightly sweet taste that is perfect for pairing with tea or coffee.

Finally, if you want to get creative with your soda bread, consider adding in some additional ingredients like raisins or dried cranberries. These will add some extra texture and sweetness to your bread.

Whatever substitutions or variations you decide to make, be sure to adjust the measurements accordingly so that your bread turns out delicious every time.

Serving and Pairing

 Serve it warm with a smear of butter and you'll have a crowd-pleaser on your hands.
Serve it warm with a smear of butter and you’ll have a crowd-pleaser on your hands.

Are you drooling already thinking about eating a warm slice of freshly baked Irish soda bread? I can’t blame you. This bread is truly a treat that’s hard to resist.

To serve this delicious traditional Irish soda bread, I recommend cutting the loaf into thick slices while it’s still warm and spreading some butter on top. The texture of the bread is soft, moist, and slightly crumbly. It pairs perfectly with a hot cup of tea or coffee for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

If you’re looking for a heartier meal, try pairing the bread with some hearty Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage. The bread is also delicious when toasted and served as a side to eggs or as the base for a tasty sandwich.

I love serving this bread at gatherings and dinner parties because it’s so versatile! You can even dress it up for special occasions by adding some raisins or caraway seeds to the dough before baking.

No matter how you choose to serve it, Irish Soda Bread is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. Just make sure to have enough for seconds!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The outside of this soda bread is crispy and crumbly, while the inside is soft and tender.
The outside of this soda bread is crispy and crumbly, while the inside is soft and tender.

After baking your traditional Irish soda bread, you’ll want to know how to keep it fresh and delicious for as long as possible. This soda bread is best enjoyed within the first two days after baking while it’s still warm and fresh out of the oven. However, if properly stored, it can last up to four days.

To store your soda bread, wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep it in a dry and cool place such as a bread box, pantry or cupboard. You can also store it in the refrigerator if you want to extend its shelf life beyond four days.

If you’re planning on making this bread ahead of time, you can store the unbaked dough in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. Before placing the dough in the fridge, cover it with a clean towel or wrap it in plastic wrap. When you’re ready to bake, bring the dough back to room temperature and let it sit for an hour before putting it into the oven.

If you have leftovers of Irish white soda bread that you want to reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Wrap the loaf tightly in foil and heat for 10-15 minutes until heated through. If your bread has become stale over time, you can also turn it into breadcrumbs or croutons by letting it dry out completely and grinding it into smaller pieces.

Remember, this soda bread is best enjoyed warm and fresh out of the oven so make sure to plan accordingly when storing and reheating it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 No yeast? No problem. Irish soda bread relies on baking soda for its rise.
No yeast? No problem. Irish soda bread relies on baking soda for its rise.

Now that you know the ingredients and how to make Irish Soda Bread, it’s time to dive into some tips on how to achieve the perfect result. Soda bread is a simple recipe, but here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years to ensure that your bread comes out delicious every time.

1. Don’t overwork the dough: When you’re mixing your wet and dry ingredients together, don’t knead the dough too much. It’s important to mix until just combined; otherwise, your bread will become tough and dense.

2. Use chilled butter: For a flakier texture and better rise, use cold butter when making Irish Soda Bread. You can cut it into small pieces, then use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work it into the flour mixture.

3. Let the dough rest: Once you’ve mixed your ingredients together, let the dough rest for 10-15 minutes. This allows the baking soda to activate, which will create air pockets and help the bread rise.

4. Score the bread: Use a sharp knife or razor blade to score an X on top of your unbaked bread before placing it in the oven. This will help release any steam that builds up during baking and prevent the bread from cracking.

5. Check for doneness: The best way to check if your bread is done is by tapping on it lightly with your fingers. If it sounds hollow, it’s ready! An internal temperature of 180°F is also a good indicator that your bread is fully baked.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving an authentic Irish Soda Bread that’s sure to impress!


Now that you have learned all about this lovely Irish Soda Bread recipe, you might have some questions. In this section, I will address some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) that come up when making this delectable bread. From ingredient substitutions to general baking tips, I’ve got you covered in this FAQ section. So, let’s dive in!

Is Irish soda bread made from white flour?

Creating an authentic Irish loaf is easy and fast, requiring only four common ingredients: white flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. Enjoy the simplicity of a classic white soda bread, a no-yeast variety traditionally made in Ireland that can be ready in just 35 minutes. With no need for kneading or rising time, this quick bread is perfect for those who crave freshly baked goods without the hassle of a complicated recipe.

Is there a difference between soda bread and Irish soda bread?

To achieve the authentic taste of Irish soda bread, it is important to note the difference in ingredients used in Irish-American soda breads. In contrast to soda breads from Ireland, which do not include caraway seeds and raisins, the latter are often added to the former.

Why is my white soda bread yellow?

It seems like the quantity of sodium bicarbonate you used was not enough, indicating a lack of CO2. It’s possible that your baking soda may have expired, which could be the reason for this issue. To examine the effectiveness of your baking soda, you can mix 1/4 teaspoon of it with 2 teaspoons of either lemon juice or vinegar.

What is the difference between white bread and soda bread?

Unlike traditional bread that is leavened with yeast, soda bread is made with bicarbonate of soda as a raising agent resulting in a denser texture. Soda bread is a perfect option for those who face difficulties with yeast.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, Irish Soda Bread is a wonderful addition to any meal. This loaf of bread is simple yet delicious, and it is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty stew or soup. The mix of four simple ingredients – flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk – make this loaf a traditional Irish staple.

Whether you are an experienced baker or a novice, this recipe is easy to follow and can be adapted to suit anyone’s taste preferences. With white flour or whole wheat, with caraway seeds or without, this bread can be customized to your liking.

So why not try making your own fresh loaf of Irish Soda Bread today? It’s as easy as mixing four simple ingredients together and baking it in the oven for about 40 minutes. And once you’ve tasted the homemade version, you will never want to go back to store bought bread again!

Irish Soda Bread (White)

Irish Soda Bread (White) Recipe

A clasic Irish soda bread. I found it in the "Irish Heritage Cookbook", but have modified it slightly. Also can have herbs added.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, European, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Oven, St. Patrick's Day, Weeknight
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 2217.2kcal


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (I prefer unbleached)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan or 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt together in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the sugar.
  • Make a well in the center, add the buttermilk, and work the milk into the flour until a soft dough is formed.
  • It should be slightly elastic and not too sticky.
  • If it appears too sticky, add flour a little at a time until you have a good dough.
  • Turn the dough into the prepared pan and cut either a slit or a cross into the top.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 400 degrees and bake until bread is golden brown and firm to the touch.
  • (About 45 minutes.) Let cool slightly before slicing.
  • Best if served warm with fresh butter, but also good fully cooled.


Serving: 1048g | Calories: 2217.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 456.9g | Protein: 67.9g | Fat: 9.2g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 19.6mg | Sodium: 1939.7mg | Fiber: 13.5g | Sugar: 74.8g

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