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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Recipe is a 100% whole wheat bread that uses baking soda and powder for leavening–it’s a “craggy” everyday Irish loaf that’s enriched with sugar and a touch of butter! If your looking for an authentic Irish bread to celebrate a bit o’ St. Patties Day around your house then this Irish soda bread is really easy. 

Irish Soda Bread Recipe is a 100% whole wheat bread that uses baking soda and powder for leavening--it's a "craggy" everyday Irish loaf! by

King Arthur Flour & our Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I attended a class by King Arthur Flour and the demonstrator passed around their catalogs, which is when my eye spied this really yum Irish Buttermilk Brown Bread recipe (which I adapted a bit). I jumped on their website and ordered in the Irish-style wholemeal wheat so I could try this recipe.

At first I thought I was making a giant biscuit. But, WOW!  it’s so much better than that… it’s like a cross between a bread and a biscuit. : ) If you can’t find this fun flour by St. Patricks Day, it would work just fine with any red whole wheat flour as well.

*recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour Irish Buttermilk Brown Bread

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread on is a delightfully craggy loaf for St. Patricks Day!

Irish Soda Bread Recipe is a 100% whole wheat bread that uses baking soda and powder for leavening--it's a "craggy" everyday Irish loaf

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 4 cups irish-style wholemeal wheat or red whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray with cooking spray a 2 quart baking dish, or 8-9" cast-iron skillet.
  3. In a large bowl combine whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder.
  4. In a smaller bowl beat together buttermilk and egg, slowly drizzle in 3 tablespoons melted butter while whisking.
  5. Make a well in the dry mixture, pour the liquid mixture into well and mix until combined. Will appear more as a stiff batter than a soft dough.
  6. Scoop the dough out of bowl and into baking dish, mounding in the center.
  7. Brush the load with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter.
  8. Wait 5 minutes for liquid to be absorbed by the flour before baking.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 11gSugar: 4gProtein: 14g

We LOVED our Irish Soda Bread Recipe & my Irish mother thought it was wonderful too!  

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  2. Ruth says:

    Violet… I was afraid of that too but nope… I didn’t think so, there’s not a lot of baking soda so I think that helps!

  3. Does it leave that baking soda taste that you can sometimes taste in cookies?

  4. Let me look and I’ll get back

  5. do you have a recepie for potatoe bread too?? 😉

  6. Ruth says:

    Deborah… you’ll be so happy with this little loaf! It’s fun to make and really yummy !

  7. Oh now I’m craving an Ulster Fry!!

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