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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a dense quick bread that is made with whole wheat flour and bran with old-fashioned oats baked in on top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Irish Soda Bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • 3 cups (360g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bran
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • cups (367g) buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon old fashioned oats


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, bran, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl combine buttermilk and egg. Whisk to combine.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the buttermilk mixture into the well. Use a wooden spoon to gradually incorporate the wet and the dry ingredients together.
  • Knead the mixture in the bowl until smooth (if the mixture is too wet, you can add flour a teaspoon at a time until you get the desired consistency.)
  • Shape the dough into a round ball and place it on the lined baking sheet. Flatten the dough to about 2 inches in height.
  • Use a knife to score a cross shape on the top of the bread loaf. Sprinkle oats on top.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes. The bread is done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Or, the internal temperature of the bread is 180°F.
  • Let cool before cutting and serving.


Calories: 251kcal