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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: one loaf 1x


  • 3 cups of flour (use a low-protein flour like Gold Medal or Pillsbury)
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons powdered cultured buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 1/4 inch cubes and softened, plus one tablespoon melted butter for crust
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. Move an oven rack to middle position and heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients (both flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and powdered buttermilk) and whisk together.
  2. With clean hands, work the little cubes of butter into the flour, smashing them smaller and smaller until no more large chunks remain. Pour in the water and mix with a fork until the dough starts clumping and coming together.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean and floured surface. Knead until the dough comes together into one cohesive ball. It should be a bit lumpy. (If you try to knead until smooth it will be really tough.) Pat the dough into a 6 inch round and about 2 inches thick in the middle. With a sharp knife, score a large ‘X’ on top, at least 1/2 inch deep. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer from the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.Cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into the bread.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Cuisine: Irish