Real Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Real Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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"A recipe passed down through an Irish family for many generations contains none of the modern supplements like yeast or sugar. This is a simple, very effective recipe."


25 m servings 252 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 252 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 50.6g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 8.5 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 477 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat a heavy skillet, griddle, or cast-iron frying pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir the flour and salt together in a bowl, and sift in the baking soda. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour in the buttermilk. Stir the mixture quickly together into a dough, and turn out onto a floured work surface. Knead the dough a few times, just until it comes together. Gently form the dough into a flattened, round cake about 1/2 inch thick, and cut the round into quarters with a floured knife.
  3. Sprinkle a little bit of flour into the bottom of the hot skillet, and cook the wedges 6 to 8 minutes per side, until golden brown.
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  1. 45 Ratings


I was a bit uncertain about this recipe, even while it was baking. I had never baked a bread on the stove top. Well, I followed the recipe exactly. I did need to add a lot of flour to the sur...

finally, someone actually knows trad Irish bread does NOT contain raisins or caraway or butter, perfect recipe, though I do 1 cup white unbleached flour, 1 cup brown flour, thanks for the recipe.

Wonderful flavor and texture for such a simple recipe. I've tried several Irish soda bread recipes and this has trumped them all. I did not have actual buttermilk so I used the old milk with vin...

Thank you so much for posting the un-Americanized version of soda bread. I'd been trying to find a real recipe for several days and managed to stumble upon this one. Such a relief!

Wow! Got rave reviews for this one. I added a tsp of Splenda brown sugar for sweetness. I used a george Forman grilling machine with the pizza plate in and cooked it on medium for 30 min.

This is very delicious. I made no changes, and would make exactly the same again, which i plan to do very soon. Everyone in my family liked it also. I liked the fact that it was very moist, alth...

OMG a REAL soda bread recipe! I bake mine in the oven though. Make sure to put a cross on top!

This is very simple to make. It's a fine bread, maybe something to go good with a soup or something like that. I just found it very plain. I used some honey butter and that was a good addition...

This was a good recipe. I didn't change anything!