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Traditional Irish Soda Bread | No Yeast Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread with a delicious buttermilk twist. This no yeast bread perfect for St. Patrick's Day, and well, every day for that matter.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: traditional Irish soda bread, yeast free bread



No Yeast Bread Dough

Buttermilk Wash

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Add flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt into the mixing bowl. Using the rubber spatula, gently mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Next, add 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Using the bread hook attachment, mix the ingredients together on the low setting. Using the spatula, scrape any of the remaining ingredients into the dough ball.
  • Continue to mix until a well formed dough ball is achieved.
  • Lightly dust a flat surface with flour, knead the dough slightly. Shape into a round loaf of bread.
  • Using a sharp knife, place an X onto the top of the loaf.
  • In a small bowl, mix the remaining melted butter and buttermilk to make a buttermilk wash.
  • Line the Dutch oven with parchment paper, next add the dough ball.
  • Brush loaf with the buttermilk wash. Continue to brush the load with the mixture while it bakes (roughly every 15 minutes).
  • Bake in preheated oven covered for 50 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf. The bread is done baking once the toothpick withdraws clean.
  • For a crispy crust, remove the lid an bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the desired crispy goodness has been met.