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Irish Soda Bread

Recipe By Dia, Savory Spice—Bend, OR

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

50 Minutes

Recipe By Dia, Savory Spice—Bend, OR

A quick and easy Irish bread with both sweet and savory options. Either way, you get a deliciously moist and perfectly dense bread, ready for a generous spread of butter.

Serving Suggestions

Serve toasted alongside a cup of tea. Serve with sweet Honey Butter or savory County Clare Butter.


For bread base:

3 cups plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

0.25 cups white sugar

0.25 cups unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1.5 cups buttermilk

Sweet flavoring option:

0.5 cups currants or raisins

1 tsp. Anise Seeds

Savory flavoring option:

0.5 cups currants

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

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  • Cracked Rosemary (Organically Sourced)

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  • Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

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  • Dutch Caraway Seeds

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In a small bowl, combine 3 cups flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. With a pastry blender or a fork, cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in your choice of the flavoring ingredients. Pour in buttermilk and mix until dough comes together. Knead for 30 seconds in the bowl. Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface (dough will be very sticky) and knead another minute. Do not over-knead the dough. Shape into a round loaf and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp. flour over top of the loaf. Cut a large “X” across the top of the loaf, approximately 1-inch deep. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 min., or until golden brown. Let cool before slicing.