Brennan's Irish Soda Bread


Use this Irish soda bread recipe when you have no buttermilk on hand. Made with soured milk, this traditional Irish recipe has been passed down through our family line and directly into our bellies. It requires very little kneading — just a light touch to shape it into a round loaf.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 round loaf


  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Stir milk and vinegar together in a small bowl; allow to stand until curdled, about 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl; gradually stir in soured milk until dough just comes together. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface; knead lightly and shape into a round.

  4. Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet. Cut an "X" into the top of the dough to release steam and help the bread keep its round shape while baking.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

135 Calories
1g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 79mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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