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Traditional Stove Top Irish Soda Bread.

Traditional stove top Irish Soda Bread adapted from Irish Pantry by Noel McMeel
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 2 cups / 280 grams soft winter wheat flour White Lily, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon /10 grams baking soda
  • 1 cup / 236 milliliters buttermilk
  • Olive oil or rapeseed oil for oiling pan


  • Mix flour, slat, cream of tartar, baking soda together in large bowl.
  • Using a wooden spoon, pour buttermilk in center of flour and mix.
  • Bring together to form sticky dough.
  • Turn sticky dough onto heavily floured surface.
  • Form dough into a ball, and flatten to about 1/2 inch.
  • Either leave in one piece or cut into four quarters and make four round soda breads.
  • Place just enough oil in pan to cover surface and cook on each side for 8 minutes on medium heat.


Flour: You can use all purpose flour, but it will be heavier than traditional soda bread. If you can, choose a soft winter wheat like White Lily.