What is Irish Soda Bread?

Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread made using Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) as a raising agent.

The main ingredients are flour, baking soda, butter, salt and buttermilk. It’s important to note that the buttermilk cannot be substituted with plain milk because baking soda needs to react with the acid in buttermilk to produce carbon dioxide which will cause the bread to rise.

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The buttermilk can be substituted with yoghurt or sour milk but I find that buttermilk always gives the best results.

Most soda bread recipes call for half white and half whole wheat flour. This gives the best results. The recipe I use also calls for self-raising flour. Because self raising flour is very expensive, I usually just add a teaspoon of baking powder.

Soda bread is best eaten fresh, preferably on the day of baking.


To vary the recipe you can add dried fruits (raisins or sultanas) before mixing the dough


Soda bread is best stored in an airtight container and eaten within two days of baking.

Share with me your Soda Bread Recipe

If you know of a nice soda bread recipe, please share with me. Thanks!


Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

18 thoughts

    1. Ha ha. Bread is my most favourite baked good. I really love making fresh bread and this one is super easy and delicious too!

        1. Love it, it seems like my local Kroger is bringing in more and more in-house made breads with a handful of ingredients but you pay more for them (time is money!)

        1. Oh thank you very much I shall make it this week and post it. I will give you feed back. Have a a lovely week!

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