Quick Irish Soda Bread Recipe

If you're out of yeast, and need bread right friggin' now, this is an excellent recipe.

It calls for buttermilk, but if don't have any (I never do), simply put 1 Tblsp lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring glass, then add enough cow's milk to make it 1 cup of liquid total. Let is sit for 5 minutes, and voila! Substitute buttermilk.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Sift together flour, soda, salt, and sugar.

  3. Using your hands, cut butter chunks into flour mixture until it's the consistency of cornmeal.

  4. Gradually add the buttermilk and knead until thoroughly mixed.

  5. Put the dough on a greased baking sheet (making it into a round).

  6. Cut a cross in the top, so it has room to rise.

  7. Bake for 40-55 minutes at 375 degrees F.

  8. Let cool 10 minutes in pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: This is a very biscuit-like bread. It doesn't spread well, so you'll want to use it with soups instead of for sandwiches.

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