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Irish Soda Bread

Breads & Desserts


4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut in small pieces
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk, divided
1 large egg, beaten


This plump, golden loaf is easy to make and doesn’t require any time to rise. The piping hot loaf can be on the table in under an hour. Try adding 1/4 cup toasted nuts, dried fruits or cheese to this recipe to make it your own.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray lightly with oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the fl our, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter with a couple of forks or a pastry blender until the mixture looks like uncooked oatmeal.

Make a well in the center and add 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk and the egg. Stir with a sturdy spoon until you have a shaggy dough. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently to bring the dough together. Form into a 6-inch round loaf. Place on the baking sheet. Brush the top of the loaf with the remaining 1 tablespoon of buttermilk. With a serrated knife cut a shallow X in the top of the loaf.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake for 35 minutes until loaf is deep golden brown and sounds hollow when thumped. Cool on a wire rack.


This recipe was originally published in the March 2021 Issue under "Delta Delicious w/ Martha Hall Foose - Corned Beef Brisket: A St. Patrick's Day Tradition."

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