Irish Soda Bread

My mom has made this bread for as long as I can remember. To me, it tastes like childhood, like home.

I interpreted “cut an ‘X’ about a half inch deep” completely wrong & cut waaay too deep. So this bread looks crazy but tastes delicious. My mom, after I sent her a picture of it, said “…It is a bit different looking.” Hahaha


  • 2 1/2 cups of flour ( use use 1 cup of wheat and 1 1/2 cups of white)
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375°.

Thoroughly combine flour, sugar, baking powder salt & baking soda in large bowl.

Stir in buttermilk to make a soft & sticky dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.

Sprinkle about one tablespoon of flour on the dough. Dust your hands with flour. Knead the dough lightly three times.

Shape dough into a round loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cut an “X” about 1/2 inch deep on the top with a sharp knife.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.


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