Classic Irish Soda Bread Classic Irish Soda Bread

Classic Irish Soda Bread | Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Maya Visnyei

Historically a poor man's staple because it needs only the most basic of ingredients, this must-have for any Irish supper is also a great introduction to bread-making for novice bakers—there's no fussing with yeast! Out of the oven, the top is super crispy and the soft inside tastes yummy slathered with butter.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 50 minutes
  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine



In large bowl, whisk together flour, thyme, caraway seeds, sugar, baking soda and salt. Make well in centre; add buttermilk all at once.

Using hands, mix buttermilk into flour mixture to form soft sticky dough. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Lightly knead a few times to form smooth ball.

Place dough on parchment paper–lined or greased rimless baking sheet. Using sharp knife, cut large X in top of dough. Bake in 425°F oven until bottom is browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped, about 35 minutes. Serve warm.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can substitute 2 cups whole wheat flour for half of the all-purpose flour for a toothsome texture and a fibre boost.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 339 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 7 g
  • Calories 174
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Potassium 112 mg
  • Cholesterol 2 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 33 g


  • Iron 16
  • Folate 29
  • Calcium 5
  • Vitamin A 1
  • Vitamin C 2
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