Best Easy Irish Brown Soda Bread

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This Is the Best Easy Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe – delicious easy brown soda bread with simple ingredients, a light and moist crumb, and goes great with creamy butter and jam for a great quick Irish bread recipe! 

soda bread cut into pieces

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Best Easy Irish Brown Soda Bread

I was recently lucky enough to take the trip of a lifetime – cruising around the British Isles for a magical two weeks full of amazing sights, tons of laughs, and the best food you could imagine.

One of the reasons I love cruising with Princess Cruises is truly the food – (I know many people might be wondering “Is Food on a Cruise Ship Good??”) but I can honestly say everything I had on board was out of the park delicious – though my absolute favorite thing I ate the entire trip came from a gorgeous little cottage in County Down, about forty minutes drive from Belfast.

bread with jam on it

While at the home of Tracey (who hosts amazing, personal food tours that help connect visitors to Ireland’s rich culinary history in a fun and delicious hands-on afternoon), we learned to make two different Irish quick breads – a basic soda bread and a potato bread.

soda bread cut into pieces on a baking sheet

While both breads we got to make were amazing (recipes coming soon!) – one of the stars for me was a brown soda bread that Tracey served that reminded me of my family’s Brown Soda Bread Recipe I am sharing here today!

house with a thatched roof and trellis

Traditional Irish Bread Making Belfast Shore Excursion

We started off the excursion with a short tour of Belfast, including a visit to the Peace Wall and some of the murals along Falls Road and Shankhill Road.

I had already visited the wall before as a part of a trip to Belfast in 2016 – but as the murals and the wall graffiti change often, it was an entirely new experience even just two years out.

After a quick city tour, we drove past some of the most gorgeous scenery ever through rolling hills, sprawling blue lochs, and cute country cottages until we reached Tracey’s gorgeous thatched roof cottage.

cups, saucers, biscuits, bread, and jam on the table

Tracey greeted us with a huge smile and welcomed us into her home, where we were greeted with an amazing spread set up for tea with a bunch of warm traditional Irish breads, butter, homemade jams and preserves, Irish seaweed, and of course plenty of coffee and tea.

a bowl of grapes

The seaweed might sound odd with bread – but the salty snack was heavenly over warm bread with butter for a salty kick!

a dish with purple peel in it

We immediately swooned over the house, the surroundings, and all of the food – Tracey is a fabulous host.

After an amazing tea and tons of breads and butters, we headed into Tracey’s kitchen to learn all about traditional Irish breads from her and her chef!

hands making bread

They made two varieties, and then had us try our hand at some.

four flat breads

It was so easy and fun to make our own breads (everyone had a skillet to cook on, and everyone got to try either potato bread or soda bread – such a fun and hands on way to connect with one of Ireland’s most loved and treasured foods!)

When we were done, we got to sample out Irish Potato Bread that we made and even got to bring a bunch back to the ship with us!

two flat bread and a cup of tea

Tracey even had us sample some of her homemade goods like an outstanding fruit infused Gin, butters, and fruit from her yard!

It was honestly one of the best shore excursions I’ve ever done – and if you’re on a Princess Cruise to the British Isles (which I HIGHLY recommend), a can’t miss Belfast excursion for me!

What is Irish Soda Bread

One of the best parts of the shore excursion was learning about Irish Soda Bread and why it’s so important in Ireland – as well as what soda bread is!

Soda bread can sound a little funny- but it’s just bread from self rising flour (or flour with baking soda already added.)

There are a couple of other ingredients you can add to make the bread your own or to make it have different flavors and textures.

four flat English muffins

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soda bread cut into pieces

The Best Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe

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soda bread cut into pieces on a pan

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A loaf of Irish Brown Soda Bread on a baking sheet.

Best Easy Irish Brown Soda Bread

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Is The Best Easy Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe - delicious easy brown soda bread with simple ingredients, a light and moist crumb, and goes great with creamy butter and jam for a great quick Irish bread recipe! 


  • 4 cups King Arthur Irish-style wholemeal flour, or substitute whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, stirring to combine well.    
  3. Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk and melted butter.
  4. Bring the dough together with a fork until it is damp and some flour remains in the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Dump the dough and excess flour onto a clean counter and knead together, about 5 to 10 times, until it's a solid mass and holds its shape (It's OK if some flour remains on the counter).
  6. Transfer the dough to a greased sheet tray and cut a cross shape into the dough with your knife.
  7. Place in a 400 degree F oven and bake for 10 minutes. 
  8. Rotate pan and turn the oven down to 375 degrees F and continue baking for 30 minutes, or until the outside is nicely browned, it sounds hallow when you tap it, and a cake tester comes out clean.
  9. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then slice and serve with rich Irish butter and jam.
  10. This bread is best right out of the oven and will only stay fresh for 2-3 days, perfect for a weekend. 
  11. To enjoy the next day, reheat in the oven until warmed through. Or, you can freeze the bread wrapped tightly in plastic then wrapped in foil for up to 3 weeks.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 317Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 9mgSodium 850mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 8gSugar 7gProtein 11g

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  1. Mu grandmother used to make this when I was a little girl. I have wanted to find this receipe for years. Thank you for sharing this.

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