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Quick and Easy Soda Bread

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 loaf


  • 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.

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.