Traditional Irish Soda Bread


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Destiny Evans


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Soda Bread


The dense, yet soft bread has many people hooked!

The tradition of making Irish Soda Bread goes back to the 1830s and  has become  so popular because it takes only 4 ingredients  but over time some ingredients  have been added some of these ingredients are: wheat flour, baking soda, salt, white sugar, milk, and distilled white vinegar.


Family’s believed that when they were preparing the bread after they were done kneading it they went over  the top of the dough with a knife and marked it  with a big X.  The reason for that was because it would let the fairies out or ward off evil and protect the household. Cooking Irish Soda Bread is very quick, and it was usually made every 2-3 days and eaten with a main meal.


 This Original recipe yields  for 8 servings

Ingredient Checklist:

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

2 cups all-purpose flour  

1 tablespoon white sugar

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt


Cooking directions:

Step 1

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

 Step 2

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.

 Step 3

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.

 Step 4

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