Quick and Easy Soda Bread

A loaf of soda bread sliced.

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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!


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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  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.


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.


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