irish soda bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

There's nothing more satisfying than baking your very own bread.
Cook Time: 50 minutes

Difficulty: Medium
Serves: 3 to 4 people


4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar, plus 1 tbsp, divided
4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
½ cup dried currants (red or black)
1 tsp caraway seeds
¾ cup buttermilk, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
1 cup Irish stout

All ingredients are available at Foodhall


  1. Preheat oven to 190 ⁰C
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and three tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Add the cold butter to the bowl. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands), cut the butter into the flour (or crumble into the flour) until complete combined. Do not over work this or else the butter shall melt.
  4. Stir in the currants and caraway seeds.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in Irish stout and ¾ cup buttermilk. Stir until just combined.
  6. Take this out on a lightly floured surface and shape the dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased cast iron skillet or on a baking sheet. Cut an “X” in the top of the dough ball. Brush the dough with the remaining buttermilk, sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is firm to the touch and golden brown.
  8. Allow it to cool slightly before slicing and serving.