Soda Bread – 45 Minutes – 4 Ingredients

I do not know where this recipe originated.  It seems EVERYONE but me knew about it already.  Me, I’ve never eaten soda bread, much less baked any.  It said if the dough doesn’t feel right add a tiny bit more buttermilk.  Well, I’d never touched the dough, so I decided a slightly sticky yet somewhat dry dough made with exact measurements was “right” and it sure tastes good.  This took 45 minutes from “getting stuff on the counter and mixing by hand” to “putting finished loaf in a basket on the counter. I was patient for 10 minutes before hitting it with a bread knife and a wee bit of Nutella.

soda bread


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375 and lightly spray (cooking spray) the bottom of your pan.  Mix your ingredients.  Shape into a loaf and place on your baking sheet or pan.  I centered it in an oval in a 9 x 13 pan.

What you see was taken from the oven is just 40 minutes and I’m going for seconds after I post this.  Yum.


8 Responses to Soda Bread – 45 Minutes – 4 Ingredients

  1. mlissabeth says:

    I may just have to get some buttermilk.


    • I’m laughing at myself. I couldn’t find it in the store. Felt foolish. Never bought it and so was puzzling over it and saw a fellow shopper hunting so I smiled and said “I can’t find buttermilk, what’re you looking for?” Same thing. An employee standing near got us both some and all was well. They were nearly out. Wonder what else folks do with it? See next comment for a substitute for buttermilk.


  2. If you don’t have buttermilk, use regular milk with a tbl of lemon juice. Thanks for the recipe, Martha! 🙂


  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Since Irish Soda Bread is always sold in Safeway’s bakery at St Patrick’s Day, that was my first experience with it. I liked it, but didn’t think it was worth $3 for that little round loaf. That’s when I went hunting for a recipe–but my filing system is so pitiful, I think I’ll grab yours, Martha! And thanks to Jeanne for the substitution tip, as I usually don’t have need for the entire container! Thanks for keeping us fed, Sis–and Merry CHRISTmas to you!!


    • You are most welcome. I read online of folks adding extra stuff to this like sundried tomatoes, etc. I like it this way with butter or Nutella, toasted, etc. Think it would make a good sandwich. The smallest buttermilk would yield 4 loaves so am assuming freezing some would work and they come out at so little per loaf compared to what you’d pay at the bakery counter! Glad you like it, sis. Hugs!!!


  4. Debbie says:

    I haven’t had any either, Martha! Thank you for blessing us with the recipe. ..yay! My dad used to drink buttermilk, just loved it. 🙂 God bless you and yours as you celebrate His birth!


    • Thank you! I’m glad it brought good memories! I was dreading this season due to money worries and no job, but He has given me joy regardless and He has a plan. God bless you as well!


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