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traditional irish soda bread in dutch oven recipe


  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter Should be cold and cut into small chunks
  • 1 1/3 cup Cold Buttermilk
  • 4 or 5 Quart Dutch Oven
  • Parchment Paper


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 F
  2. Line your Dutch Oven with parchment paper (trust me this is not a step to skip).
  3. In your large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients with a whisk.
  4. Add the cold butter chunks into the bowl and use a pastry blend or fork to cut into the dry mix.
  5. Slowly add the COLD buttermilk into the bread mixture and gently stir until you have a soft dough.
  6. Add the soft dough to your prepared Dutch Oven and use a rubber spatula to shape the dough into a round shape.
  7. Once the dough is in the correct shape use a knife to cut an X into the top. This should be a deep cut that goes past the middle of the bread dough!
  8. Put the Dutch Oven lid on and place it in your pre-heated oven.
  9. Bake for 30 - 35 mintues.
  10. Remove the Dutch Oven lid and allow the bread to bake another 10 mintues or more until the top is a golden brown.
  11. Once baking is completed you can lift the bread out of the Dutch Oven and put on a plate to serve with butter.
  12. It is best when eaten the same day as prepared.