Irish Soda Bread

Makes 10 - 12 Servings
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  • 4 cups (480g) all purpose flour [2 cups (240g) of all purpose flour can be substituted with whole wheat flour] 
  • 1 level teaspoon (5ml) baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) salt
  • 2 cups (475ml) buttermilk


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour, and add buttermilk all at once.

Use your hands to mix buttermilk into flour to form a soft dough.Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Lightly knead the dough a few times forming it into a smooth round disk approximately 2” (5 cm) in height.

Place dough onto a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.  Using a sharp knife score a large 'X' on the top of the dough.

Bake in the center of a 425°F/218°C oven for about 30 - 35 minutes. The loaf is done when golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. 

Serve warm.

Raisins or currants can be added to batter [(½ cup)(75g)].


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