Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk

There's no excuse not to whip up a crusty loaf of Irish soda bread this St. Patrick's Day, especially when it's part-whole wheat and packed with oats! One of the best quick breads out there, soda bread is so easy that the hardest part is waiting for it to cool before serving it with salted Irish butter. I've also included a few variations you can try out!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
1 loaf


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

  • ¾ cup rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mix flours, rolled oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix buttermilk and melted butter together in a small bowl.

  3. Make a small well in the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk-butter mixture. Stir together with a wooden spoon until well combined.

  4. Turn the dough out on a generously floured surface and knead into a smooth, round loaf. Place on the cookie sheet and cut a shallow X into the top of the dough.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 1 hour. Carefully tap the bottom of the loaf; it should sound hollow. Cool on a baking rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Cheddar-Dill Irish Soda Bread:

Prepare the recipe through Step 3. Add 1 cup extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese (such as Dubliner by Kerrygold(R)), 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, and 2 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper. Stir to combine and prepare through the rest of the recipe.

Cranberry-Orange Irish Soda Bread:

Prepare the recipe through Step 3. Add the zest of 1 medium navel orange, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 extra tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir to combine and prepare through the rest of the recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
8g Fat
43g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 751mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 200mg 15%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 180mg 4%

* 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.

You’ll Also Love