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Dutch Oven Irish Soda Bread

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A popular St. Patty’s Day recipe, this traditional Dutch Oven Irish soda bread is quick and easy to make using just 4 simple ingredients.

An overhead shot of a baked traditional Irish soda bread in an orange Dutch oven pan.

Along with good ‘ol corned beef and cabbage dinner, Irish soda bread, or brown soda bread is a popular and traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipe. (And Shamrock shakes if those count!)

Eaten for breakfast with butter and jam, or served with a hearty beef stew, its subtle flavor makes it versatile and delicious. 

The bread is kind of a mix between a biscuit and scone, with a dense, yet soft and moist crumb texture inside and slightly crusty outside.

What is traditional Irish Soda Bread made of?

  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk

(Other ingredients like raisins and caraway seeds can be added for a more Americanized version.)

A slice of brown soda bread that’s got butter lathered on it. It’s set on a small white plate with the whole loaf of bread in the background on a wooden cutting board and the orange Dutch oven in the background.

Is Irish Soda Bread really Irish?

Traditional “Irish” soda bread was made from just the 4 ingredients mentioned above and is actually called Brown soda bread in Ireland.

It was introduced in the 1800s when people didn’t have stoves yet and usually made in a cast iron pan over a fire. 

The ingredients were inexpensive and the bread lasted weeks, making it an ideal recipe during that early time period.

Additions like raisins, sugar, butter and egg were added as “luxury” ingredients, if the family had them on hand.

A round loaf of traditional Irish soda bread made that was made in the Dutch oven. It’s got an x shape on the top of the loaf.

What is the best way to eat Irish Soda Bread?

Warm out of the oven and smeared with butter! 

I also like making my favorite Guinness beef stew and serving the bread on the side to soak up that delicious stew juice.

You can reheat any leftover bread in the oven or toaster oven for 10-15 minutes until the inside is warmed and outside is crusty.

A piece of Irish soda bread on a small white plate, smeared with butter that’s slightly melted. The loaf of Irish soda bread is in the background on a wooden cutting board with bread crumbs.

This recipe for Irish soda bread is made in a covered dutch oven pan. 

Covering the pan creates perfect steam for creating a moist inside and perfect crusty outside.

If you don’t have a dutch oven you can easily use a cake pan covered with an inverted cake pan on top or a cast iron skillet with a cover.

A loaf of Irish soda bread on top of parchment paper in an orange Dutch oven pan. It was scored with an x before baking in the oven.

Made with just 4 simple ingredients, this traditional Irish Soda bread recipe is quick, easy and delicious making it the perfect St. Patty’s day recipe.

Try it with my Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner for an easy, and delicious homemade St. Patrick’s Day feast.

An overhead shot of a baked traditional Irish soda bread in an orange Dutch oven pan.
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Dutch Oven Irish Soda Bread

A popular St. Patty’s Day recipe, this traditional Dutch Oven Irish soda bread is quick and easy to make using just 4 simple ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easyrecipes, irishsodabread, quickbreadrecipe, stpatricksdayrecipe, stpattysday
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Wine a Little Cook A Lot

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 ¾ cup Buttermilk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a dutch oven with parchment paper (it can go up the sides, no need to trim!)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt. Gradually stir in the buttermilk until the dough comes together in a ball.
  • Knead gently 3-4 times (you may need to add some flour to prevent sticking to your hands). Form the dough into a ball and then place in bottom of dutch oven.  Flatten slightly into a larger disk, about 6″ wide.
  • Using a small pairing knife, cut an “X” into the dough, about 1/2″ deep. Place lid on top of dutch oven.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, covered, then remove the top pan and bake uncovered for about 20 minutes more or until the crust is golden brown and crispy.

Notes

*If you don’t have a dutch oven you can use a cast iron pan with oven safe lid or you can use a cake pan with an inverted cake pan over it as the lid.
*Irish Soda bread will stay fresh 3-4 days in a ziplock bagged or wrapped very well. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.


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