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Quick and Easy Soda Bread

No St. Patrick’s Day feast is complete without a side of crispy, tender soda bread. Wouldn’t you agree? In my mind, the traditional Irish bread is simply a necessary addition to any meal you serve on that holiday.

Want to know what the best part about soda bread is? It only takes five inexpensive ingredients to make. FIVE! That’s it. And I can guarantee that you already have every single one of those ingredients in your pantry. So folks, there’s no braving the cold to run to the grocery store today. Phew.

A loaf of soda bread.

Check out that beautiful, crispy crust.

What’s even better about this bread though, is that it doesn’t need any time to rise. Nada. None whatsoever. Because who really has time to wait for that? Not this girl! (Unless it’s for this focaccia of course, then I have all the time in the world to wait for that goodness to rise!) Especially when I’m ready to get that food in muh belly!

A top view of a loaf of soda bread with several slices laid out.

Now, I know a lot of people like to put berries and all kinds of mix-ins in their soda bread (which there is certainly nothing wrong with!), but for now I’ve decided to keep things simple. Which is nice if you don’t want to make that grocery store run just to pick up some raisins.

If you serve this bread for breakfast with some honey butter or raspberry jam slathered on top, then I bet you won’t even miss those raisins mixed in. Crazy right? But, I mean if raisins or currants are your jam (excuse my pun, heh), then totally throw a handful or two in! I certainly won’t stop you.

Slices of soda bread.

Whether you decide to serve up a hearty Irish Breakfast or some traditional corned beef and cabbage, like my mom always used to make when I was a kid, this soda bread is a must-have side for your holiday meal.

Quick and Easy Soda Bread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A quick and easy recipe for crispy and tender soda bread. This traditional Irish bread is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any day of the year!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray a bread pan with cooking spray. 

  2. Stir together all ingredients and mix until they form a soft dough. Dough may be a little sticky. Add more buttermilk to the dough if it is too dry.

  3. Transfer dough to the prepared bread pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Plain Chicken

If you don't have buttermilk on hand you can substitute milk and vinegar instead. Add 1 tbsp of vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Let sit for 5 minutes or until milk begins to curdle. Then use in place of the buttermilk in the recipe.


Try my Light and Fluffy Brioche Bread next!

A loaf of brioche bread sliced open to show the inside.