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Irish Soda Bread

Servings 1 loaf


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened and divided
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and adjust oven rack to top third of oven. Line with parchment or grease a large baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Blend in 2 tablespoons of the butter with a dough blender, fork, or by hand.
  • Stir in the buttermilk with a fork just until the dough comes together. Knead on a lightly floured surface to form the dough into a round loaf, about 12 turns. Be careful not to overmix to avoid a tough dough.
  • Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet and gently form into a 6 inch wide, 2 inch high circle. Cut 2 perpendicular lines about 1/2 inch deep on top of the loaf in the shape of an X.
  • Bake in preheated oven until top is golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Melt remaining tablespoon butter and brush over the bread. Let cool to room temperature before serving, about 40 minutes.