Irish Soda Bread #HappyStPatricksDay #FridayFeeling #baking

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

I’m re-posting this recipe for Irish Soda Bread that I blogged about…gulp…last year? Time is definitely passing too quickly for me these days. I’ve been meaning to make this again, so this weekend it will likely sneak onto the menu for Sunday dinner.

I hope you have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A :-) xo


(Originally posted March 17, 2016)

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I came across this recipe yesterday. Have you heard of the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread? Well, if you have, you are infinitely cooler than I am. It’s a real organization whose mission can be summarized in their title. Check out their site, it’s quite neat: I used the recipe I found there. Unfortunately, I don’t have a bastible pot, so I baked mine in a skillet that was passed down to me by my mom, and topped it with a cake pan. Some purists may call this technique nonsense. *shrugs*

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This loaf is easy in terms of ingredients and preparation. I especially like that it is yeast-free, for those with sensitivities.
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Irish Soda Bread


4 c all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 3/4 c buttermilk (To make your own, add 1 Tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice to milk and set aside to curd for 10 minutes.)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a baking sheet, cake pan, or skillet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Form a well in middle of the flour and add buttermilk.
  3. Using your hands, mix buttermilk into flour to form a raggedy dough.Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Lightly knead the dough a few times to make a smooth ball.Irish Soda Bread 2Bastible pot variation
  4. Place loaf in skillet. Using a knife, score the top of the loaf with an X. Cover with a baking sheet or cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for another 15 minutes. The loaf is done when browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cover the warm bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.Irish Soda Bread 5

17 thoughts on “Irish Soda Bread #HappyStPatricksDay #FridayFeeling #baking

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    1. Hi Lynne, thank you! As I was re-posting the blog, I thought about you! I think you’re the only other person that likes this recipe as much as I do, ha ha. :-) How are you doing these days? I saw some very tasty things happening on your blog. The produce you get always make me envious. We’re still dealing with a snowy winter here, so our produce aren’t great yet. But soon I’ll be able to plant a garden! Well, I say soon, but most likely in May. I’m hoping to start sprouting seeds indoors soon, though. So nice to hear from you and I hope you enjoy the weekend too! :-) xo

      1. All is well my side thanks Anita. Oh yes, this bread is fantastic, and I plan to make it again over the weekend. We have had some really hectically hot, humid days here, so I am definitely looking forward to some cooler weather…but you know once the cooler weather arrives I will probably be wanting the warmer weather…just can’t win ! My mom always said if you curly hair, you want straight hair and if you have straight hair you want curly hair…Now how true is that !!!
        Oh I hope you get to plant your garden. Nothing is better than a little garden at home. Let me know how the sprouting of seeds go :-) I have really battled this year to keep something constant with the heat. Anyway my friend, lovely to hear from you. Chat soon. xxx

      2. I totally agree with your mom, especially as a curly-haired girl, haha! ;-) I’ll definitely keep you posted about the seed sprouting. Sorry to hear about your gardening challenges, adapting to the weather of any given year can be tricky. Oh humidity! I sympathise! I really struggle with humidity, as we get a lot of it here in Ottawa during the summer too. I love the summer but I wish we had more of a dry heat. Something about humid weather sucks the energy right out of me! But I suppose I wouldn’t mind more spring-like weather today…snow still covers the ground here, but at least it’s sunny, and we’re supposed to get a high of -3! Ha ha, not much of a high, eh? Happy weekend, friend, and chat soon! :-) xo

  1. Baking this bread has been on my bucket list for far too long now. Your looks delicious and I am dreaming about the warm, hug-like comfort this and a bowl of soup would lend me this winter afternoon:)
    Heading over to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread website next!

    1. I love that recipe! It’s too hot here to bake at the moment, but I can’t wait to break that recipe back out again in the fall with some butternut squash soup! :-)

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