Irish soda bread

These days the web is full of Irish recipes because of St.¬†Patrick’s. And I kind of had to bake bread today as the whole wheat bread of the other day was done. So I decided to bake some Irish soda bread.

I went exploring on the web and tried to find a good recipe. Most recipe call for buttermilk and sure enough I didn’t have any, so I ended up here¬†and they have not only great explanations but also instructions for buttermilk alternatives. I ended up simply using milk, but I gave a though to making my own buttermilk and butter as explained here. Maybe another time, looks simple enough.

As a first attempt, I think it turned out pretty well! It is particularly good when smothered in butter…

Irish soda bread


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flous
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 and 1/2 spoons baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper


  1. Here is what I did. I took my food processor out, poured in 2 cups of white flour and 1 of whole wheat flour. I added a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar and a little more than a spoon of baking soda. Started the mixer and then added milk.
  2. I kept adding milk until the dough came together in a ball, probably I added 1 and 1/2 cup or milk or so.
  3. I then moved the bread over some parchment paper and sprinkled a bit of flour on it. I cut a cross on top of the loaf and put it in a 400F oven for about 40 minutes.
  4. During the cooking, the bread rose and opened a bit. Following advice from the Irish soda bread experts, I checked that the bottom sounded hollow when I took the bread out of the oven and let the bread set before breaking it.
  5. I am glad I gave this a shot, because the bread turned out pretty amazing!

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