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

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


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


  • 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.


*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.