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RECIPE: Traditional Irish soda bread

There comes a point in every lockdown when you consider messing with sourdough starters or buying a bread maker from Kmart. But waiting for dough to double in size in the middle of winter can take the excitement out of baking your own bread. 


Irish soda bread is bread sans yeast, using baking soda instead. Hearty and rustic, it’s great with soup or stews, or on its own with some fresh butter (Irish, of course).



  • 4 cups (580g) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (470ml) cold buttermilk



  1. Preheat oven to 220C. Prepare baking tray with parchment paper or grease well. Or use an 8 cake pan or oven proof skillet.
  2. In a bowl whisk the dry ingredients together. Stir in the buttermilk until combined. Transfer dough to work surface and lightly knead it with floured hands until it comes together.  
  3. Form dough into an 8 round.  Place on prepared pan/skillet. Cut a 1/4 deep X on the top of the dough before baking for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Tap test from bottom of bread. If it sounds hollow, it’s done.


For a slightly more modern take, check out Kevin Dundon’s take below. Dundon is the owner of Dunbrody Country House Hotel and the Dunbrody Cookery School. He’s also the signature chef at a pub in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.



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Published: 25 July 2021

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