Irish Soda Bread

An easy no yeast, no knead Irish Soda Bread with only 5 ingredients. Think you can't make bread, think again! This simple recipe will have you enjoying a soft, dense bread spread with a pat of butter with only 10 minutes of prep and then bake. A great addition to any St. Patrick's Day dinner.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keywords irish bread, no knead bread, soda bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 261 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9" cake pan with a nonstick spray and dust with flour. Have another cake pan ready on the side (no prep needed).
  2. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients.
  3. Add buttermilk and mix well to form a dough.
  4. Dump out on a floured surface and knead for 30 seconds to incorporate all the flour. Do not over mix or the bread will be tough.
  5. Place dough into prepared cake pan and form into an oval mound. Cut an "X" in the dough, all the way across and about 1/4" deep. Place the other cake pan on top.
  6. Bake in oven for a total of 40-45 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove top cake pan and let bread cook for another 10-15 minutes to brown the top. Remove from oven and test for doneness by tapping lightly on the bottom of the loaf. If it sounds hollow, it is done. 
  7. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 620mg26%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.