Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Serves: 8
  • 4 Cups - All Purpose Flour
  • 4 TBSP - Sugar
  • 1 Tsp - Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP - Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp - Salt
  • ½ Cup (1 Stick) - Butter Softened
  • 1.25 Cups - Buttermilk Substitute (Divided into 1 cup and ¼ cup.)
  • 1 - Egg
  • ¼ Cup - Butter Melted
  • *Note: To make a buttermilk substitute combine 1 cup of milk with 1 TBSP of vinegar or lemon juice (I like lemon juice best). Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly and then use in place of buttermilk. (For every quarter cup of milk use ¾ teaspoons.)
  1. Heat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Combine to the flour mixture with softened butter, egg, and buttermilk substitute. This can be done by hand or by using a dough hook.
  4. Once fully combined, turn dough out into a lightly floured work surface and kneed slightly. I find that my large bamboo cutting board works really well.
  5. Create a ball shape with the dough and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Using a knife, cut an X shape into the top of the dough. It doesn't need to be more than a quarter inch deep.
  7. Combine the final ¼ cup of buttermilk substitute with the melted ¼ cup of butter and brush all over the outside of the dough.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes. (55 minutes would probably have been perfect, but 60 didn't burn the bread, and it was still soft.) Bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Recipe by Exploring Food & Drink in D.C. at