Irish Soda Bread

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 1/4 t sugar
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Sift together flours, salt, soda and sugar in a bowl. Make well in center and stir in buttermilk until soft, but not sticky.

Turn out onto floured board and knead a few times to form a flat patty 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan. With sharp knife cut crisscross 1/2 inch deep. Bake at 350 degrees 40 to 50 minutes or until golden. Cool before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf.


The year we lived in England we had some Irish friends who made soda bread for us. We were so surprised when we moved back to the States and were confronted with sweet soda bread filled with raisins. Sweet was not our soda bread experience or preference. I was happy to find this recipe for a savory bread.

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