Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Irish Soda Bread for #BreadBakers

A yeast free bread perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Studded with raisins, this loaf gets its crusty coat from buttermilk and tastes AWESOME with roasted strawberries and butter. 

March is almost halfway through and At. Patrick's Day is almost here. It is time for everything Irish; from Shamrock shake to Irish Creme and from Irish breads to Beer. 

In the spirit of everything Irish, we as a group of BreadBakers are making breads based on the same theme. Our host this month is Wendy Klik whose blog is A Day in the Life on the Farm. I loved the theme she picked for us. Thanks to the theme I finally have a Soda Bread on the blog!

I have heard about this bread since a long time but never made it myself. Being a yeast free bread, I was never sure how it would turn out. But the result was SUPER and we gobbled the loaf in just a couple of days! We slathered the bread slices with butter and some roasted strawberries and enjoyed it totally!

This is the first yeast free bread I baked and found it works on the basis of a simple reaction we learned years ago in Chemistry. The bread has the basic ingredients flour, buttermilk, soda and salt. Within the dough, the lactic acid from buttermilk reacts with the soda and forms tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide. That is the only leavening agent in the bread and gives a bread that has a unique structure and density. 

This one is a quick bread, needing no time to rise or the yeast to proof. The bread can be made really fast, requiring only three steps; mix, bake and ENJOY! 

The bread is soft and crumbly inside and it has a nice crust on top. The top gets its lovely crust from the buttermilk. This version may not be the most authentic version, it is a slight Americanised version with the sugar and currants added into it. I wanted to make a breakfast bread that is slightly sweet and so added the sugar. 


In this bread the only required ingredients are flour, baking soda, buttermilk and butter. The rest can be changed based on how you like the bread. If you like raisins in the loaf, add them. If you like some nuts, you can go ahead and add them too. The top of the bread can be glossed with some egg white and adding egg in the bread is common too. I made an eggless one but I have seen a lot of recipes with egg too. The amount of sugar can be varied based on whether you are making a sweet bread or a savory one. 


Allpurpose Flour 3 1/2 cups
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder 1 1/2 tsp
Sugar 1/4 cup
Butter 3 tbsp, room temperature
Buttermilk 2 cups
Raisins 1 cup ( I used black and golden)
Salt 1 tsp


Preheat oven to 375 F/ 190 C. In a bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. 

Mix well and add butter and buttermilk. Beat on medium speed till the dough comes together. Add some flour if it becomes too sticky. Add in raisins and mix one last time. 

Add some dry flour on a baking tray and place the dough on it. Shape the loaf into a round and sprinkle dry flour on it. Using a sharp knife make an X on the loaf. 

Brush if buttermilk if required. Place the loaf in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or till the bottom feels hollow. 

Cool and slice the bread. Enjoy!

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

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Check out the Irish Breads that our fellow #BreadBakers have baked this month:

  • Apple, Beer, and Cheddar Soda Bread by A Baker's House
  • Blaa by Sara's Tasty Buds
  • Caraway Rye Soda Bread by A Salad For All Seasons
  • Carrot and Dillisk Bread by A Shaggy Dough Story
  • Cheddar and Herbs Soda Bread by Ambrosia
  • Currant Drop Scones by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Egg Free Irish Raisin Tea Scones by Gayathri's Cook Spot
  • Four leaf Clover Rolls by Cook's Hideout
  • Guinness Bread Rolls by The Bread She Bakes
  • Guinness Buckwheat Bread by Baking Sense
  • Irish Amber Ale Pretzels by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
  • Irish Barmbrack by The Schizo Chef
  • Irish Freckle Bread by Mayuri's Jikoni
  • Irish Freckle Bread by Passion Kneaded
  • Irish Multigrain Bread by What Smells So Good?
  • Irish Soda Bread by Herbivore Cucina
  • Irish Soda Bread by Sneha's Recipe
  • Irish Soda Bread Scones by Spill the Spices
  • Irish Soda Buttermilk Bread by Sizzling Tastebuds
  • Oat and Potato Bread by Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Potato Clover Leaf Rolls by Spiceroots
  • Soda Bread Farls by Food Lust People Love
  • Soft Wheat Irish Soda Scones with Raisins(Spotted Dog)by The Wimpy Vegetarian
  • Super Easy Potato Roll Recipe by Hostess At Heart


    1. This is an especially pretty loaf of bread. The thought of roaster strawberries sounds perfect!

    2. That is a super pretty loaf of bread. I would love a piece slathered with some butter. I'm getting hungry.

    3. Ooo, roasted strawberries on soda bread.It's almost like a strawberry shortcake.

    4. Your loaf looks so perfect! Mine are always ugly and craggy... delicious though!

    5. I love soda breads and yours looks like it has such a wonderful texture! :)

    6. I have yet to make a soda bread, but yours is so beautiful I must give it a try!

    7. Smruti the soda bread looks like the shamrock leaf. Lovely bake. After so many fool proof soda bread recipes I'll definitely bake one soon. I thought it would taste of soda that's why haven't made one as yet.

    8. Hello Smruti, Your Irish soda looks gorgeous. It has a lovely colour and texture and must have been delicious.

    9. Perfectly made soda bread Smruthi. Lovely crumb. It must have tasted great with butter and roasted berries.

    10. Lovely textured soda bread smruti.......