Irish Soda Bread

For the past few years I have been making this for my family for St. Patrick’s Day, and every time its a hit. It’s both savory and sweet at the same time.  It is great with some butter or even dipped in soup. This recipe is a variation from one of my favorite cookbooks called The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. Irish Soda Bread is best the day its made but it’s still really good for up to a week later.


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of bread flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cup of buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 425℉
  • Grease and flour a 9 inch round baking dish
  • In a large bowl mix together the flours, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and sugar
  • Mix in the butter until it is fully combined
  • Add in the egg and the buttermilk
  • Flour a clean surface, and then knead the dough until it comes together
  • Place the dough in your prepared pan, and make sure it goes all the way to the edge
  • Make an X on the dough about ½ an inch deep
  • Sprinkle extra sugar on top
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Reduce the heat to 350℉ then bake for another 30 minutes


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