Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

I made Soda Bread to go with  my Irish Breakfast Tea this morning.  It's a very basic, dense, biscuit-like bread.  I've seen a few other recipes, with slightly different ingredients,  but this one is a super easy favorite.

Irish Soda Bread:

2 cups flour
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 cup (1/2 pint) buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together and then pour buttermilk in.  Stir until just barely moistened.  Form into a lump and place on floured baking sheet.  With a knife, slice an X into the top of the bread.  Bake in 475 oven for 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 20 minutes.
Let cool for about 10 minutes, then pull apart, slather with butter and/or jam and eat.
*Makes 4 huge, thick, heavy biscuits. This is not dainty bread.  This is "fill-me-up-with-something-warm-I've-been-working-hard-cutting-peat-in-the soggy-wet-bog-all-day" bread.
*You may add your favorite chopped herbs (rosemary or caraway, etc...) if you want to use for dinner.
*And some people add dried fruit (raisins, etc...) if they want a sweeter bread at tea time.

And here is a fun Irish song for you, from our local Irish Band.... The Elders!!   So hit the play button, then get up and dance!

I'm joining Kathleen in her 


  1. Yum! Your teacups are so pretty too :)

  2. Yum! Your Soda Bread sounds really good. I'm making it for St. Patricks Day along with Potato Soup for my hubby who is half Irish. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  3. Hi there :) Sugar and oats? Sounds good. The recipe I use from Bon Appetit suggests an addition of caraway seeds, but I have yet to try it...I like it very basic. My daughter also competed in Irish Dance! Never bought her a wig, just used zillions of curlers the night before her Feis.
    Nice photo. Have a great SPD!

  4. Your pictures are so pretty.
    I make soda bread every year at this time. My family begs for me to make it all year, but I think it is more special to save it for St. Patty's Day. Kind of like Christmas cookies. We wait all year for them.
    Your recipe is similar to mine except mine doesn't have oats in it. We like oats, so perhaps I should try it.
    Thanks for sharing. Now I'm off to do a jig.

  5. They are a great group. Bread...mmm....smiles...Renee

  6. I'm sharing this with my sister who goes all out with special recipes to celebrate St. Patty's day. YUM! Beautiful tea cup.

  7. Sounds good! I've got some steel cut oats in my cabinet right now.
    Great Irish music!

  8. Oh yay, a recipe with all the directions. I have always wanted to make soda bread so thanks for the recipe.

    blessings, jilly

  9. Looks like a great recipe! Loved your description about the bread...not dainty bread but 'fill me up...etc.' Fun!

  10. Oh this sounds magical...I am thinking I just may make this! xoxoxo Happy midweek to you

  11. Oh I love Irish soda bread! I plan to make it for the 17th to celebrate St.Patrick's Day. I will make it a day ahead since we will be leaving for our cottage in the woods for the weekend.

    Just posting about the 366 Challenge on my blog since I am officially started. :-)

    Hugs from Holland ~

  12. Sounds good, with the fruit or with the herbs. Have you ever heard of the group, SLIDE, lads from Ireland? We are going tos ee them Sat evening. Won.Der.Ful and filled with jig, bounce and hand stompin' fun. I will look and see if I can find you a video.

  13. Oh, one of my favorites - Irish Soda Bread and tea. I just made some the other day.

  14. Oh my goodness - I love Irish Soda bread - thank you. sandie

  15. I enjoy soda bread but DH finds it too soda "y"!
    Last week I made a sweet version which had cranberries, dried raisins and prunes in it, delish!

  16. Oh, I am so excited because I actually have buttermilk left over from something. I will have to make your recipe!

  17. Your recipe sounds yummy. I love Irish soda bread.


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