recipe

This famous, hearty Irish bread gets its rise from soda—but not the kind you drink!

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes, plus cooling time
yield
  • Serves 6 to 8 (Makes 1 loaf)

Prepare Ingredients

2 cups
all-­purpose flour, plus extra for counter
1½ cups
whole-wheat flour
½ cup
toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons
sugar
1½ teaspoons
salt
1 teaspoon
baking powder
1 teaspoon
baking soda
1¾ cups
buttermilk
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted

Gather Cooking Equipment

Rimmed baking sheet
Parchment paper
Large bowl
Whisk
Liquid measuring cup
Fork
Rubber spatula
Ruler
Paring knife
Skewer
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Spatula
Cutting board
1
 

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

 
2
 
2 cups
all-purpose flour
1½ cups
whole-wheat flour
½ cup
toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons
sugar
1½ teaspoons
salt
1 teaspoon
baking powder
1 teaspoon
baking soda

In large bowl, whisk all-­purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until combined.

 
3
 
1¾ cups
buttermilk
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted

In liquid measuring cup, use fork to stir buttermilk and melted butter until butter forms small clumps.

 
4
 

Add buttermilk mixture to bowl with flour mixture. Use rubber spatula to stir until dough comes together.

 
5
 
All-­purpose flour for sprinkling on counter

Sprinkle clean counter lightly with extra flour. Transfer dough to counter and use your floured hands to knead until smooth ball forms, about 30 seconds.

 
6
 

Pat and shape dough into 7-inch circle. Use paring knife to cut cross into top of loaf.

Shaping Soda Bread 2-Up

 
7
 

Transfer loaf to baking sheet. Place baking sheet in oven and bake until skewer inserted in center of bread comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

 
8
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking sheet from oven (ask an adult for help) and place on cooling rack. Let bread cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Use spatula to transfer bread to cooling rack. Let cool for 1 to 2 hours. Slice (ask an adult for help) and serve.