Warm and soft Irish tradition passed down our family line, and directly into our bellies.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir the milk and vinegar together, and allow to stand until curdled, about 10 minutes.

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

  • Gradually stir the soured milk into the flour mixture until the dough just comes together, and turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Knead a few times, and shape into a round. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an X shape into the top of the dough to release steam and help the bread keep its round shape.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

135.1 calories; 4.2 g protein; 26.8 g carbohydrates; 2.4 mg cholesterol; 237.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (271)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2010
Of all the soda bread recipes I've tried , this is by far the best ! I made this for my cafe's St. Paddy's Day luncheon, and the reviews were RAVE ! It even brought tears to one older Irish gent who procliamed " It tasted exactly like his childhood..." Bank on this recipe ! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2011
After making as written and baking for the stated time, I find it hard to review how the bread tastes as it comes out way overcooked and rubbery. Very disappointed, and not sure I care to try again. Read More
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323 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 240
  • 4 star values: 60
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2010
Of all the soda bread recipes I've tried , this is by far the best ! I made this for my cafe's St. Paddy's Day luncheon, and the reviews were RAVE ! It even brought tears to one older Irish gent who procliamed " It tasted exactly like his childhood..." Bank on this recipe ! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2011
This was delicious. I followed the recipe exactly. Yes, the dough is wet, but no you do NOT need to add more flour. Just "knead" it with the spoon if you don't want to get your hands sticky. I needed to shorten the baking time, so I divided the dough into 12 greased muffin cups. It worked great. PLUS it made more of the yummy, crispy edges. We LOVED this and will make it often!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2010
Really great and simple recipe. Recommended cook time is too long. I cooked mine for about 25 minutes and it was perfect. Will use this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2010
I made this bread tonight with some potato soup and my husband and I both LOVED it! We ate almost the entire loaf just between the two of us. We saved a little bit just so we could see what it would taste like cold. I agree with the other reviewers, the bake time is way too long. I cooked it about 25-30 minutes and it came out perfect! Also, instead of kneeding it on a floured surface and making a round loaf, I put it in a bread pan and it turned out fantastic! To the person who said it was a wet lumpy dough, that's how it was for me too. I didn't add any more four and just baked it and it turned out great! I'll definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2012
Fabulous! Note to others - this batter is sticky only if you don't stop adding the milk as directed. Add only enough until the dry ingredients hold together. I have found that means that I don't use about 2TBL of the milk/vinegar mixture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2011
My husband and I love this bread. I originally made it because I needed a bread for dinner and didn't have time for one to rise. The sticky dough is exactly how a real soda bread should be. I've made the milk/vinegar mixture only add up to 1 cup, and then added 2 TBSP melted butter. Also, if I double it I usually add just a little more salt and sugar. Fabulous recipe though, I always get compliments on it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2011
Made this bread today, It was really good. I did follow the advice of another review post with only baking for 30 min. I'm eating some while I'm writing this :). I think I might like it either a bit more sweet or a bit on the salty side. Maybe add some fruit. We loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2012
This is a very easy, very tasty, very authentic soda bread recipe. I agree with other reviewers who said that the baking time is too long. I baked mine for 30 minutes and it turned out beautifully. This is a sticky dough, so I try to handle as little as possible. I just mix it with a stand mixer and scrape the dough out directly onto the baking sheet, making a roughly mound shaped lump. Then I sprinkle a little flour on the top, pat the dough into a reasonably neat rounded shape and slash an X in the top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
Amazing!! I was looking for a go to Irish Soda Bread recipe this is above and beyond what I was looking for. Honestly I was not a huge fan of soda bread but my husband likes it. After he tried it he said it was the best soda bread he had ever had. I have tried a few recipes in the past this is the only one I will make again and again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2011
After making as written and baking for the stated time, I find it hard to review how the bread tastes as it comes out way overcooked and rubbery. Very disappointed, and not sure I care to try again. Read More
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