TwD Baking with Julia: Irish Soda Bread

March 20, 2012

A half-batch of Irish Soda Bread was quick and tasty and delicious with some soup for dinner. I made a plain version, using just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt, but I’m sure that many of the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers added currants, other dried fruit, and other creative mix-ins.

I stored the leftover bread in a plastic bag; the next day it was still moist, but the crust was a little soft, so I sliced it, put a little butter and garlic powder on the slices, and warmed it up in the oven. Irish Soda Bread Garlic Bread! If you don’t have time to make a yeast bread, this is a good alternative for some quick and fresh bread.

Don’t wait until next St. Patrick’s Day to make this. You can find the recipe on page 214 of Baking with Julia. Thank you to this week’s hosts: Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Cathleen of My Culinary Mission. They will have the recipe posted on their blogs today.


  1. This bread is fantastic!
    Yours looks great and I love your plate!
    Just noticed that we have the same “marmor stone”. So funny!

    I’ll make sure my little children will learn to bake it and pass it over to the next generation (speaking of future 🙂 ) ! To easy and to delicious to forget about it!

    I’m so pleased I’ve tried it! I’m so glad I’ve joined the TWD Baking with Julia group.
    You are all so kind! What a great group!

  2. I like the look of your loaf – it looks wholesome, and I think it is a nice quick alternative to bread making.

  3. I went with the traditional reciped too. It was wonderful with our Irish/American St. Patrick’s Day Feast.

    Thanks for sharing! Your bread looks delicious!

  4. We really liked it too! So quick and easy and a great use for leftover buttermilk.

  5. Your bread looks lovely and I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

  6. Looks good! And nice job saving the bread for the next day.

  7. Nice! I like your garlic next-day version.

  8. Jill, did you say garlic?? Oh, so good! And the best part of all…so simple!

    ~ Carmen

  9. What a lovely golden loaf!

  10. Jill, love the garlic addition – great idea! I made half a batch as well and was just the right sized loaf. Looks beautiful!

  11. Beautifully Rustic!! This was such a good bread. Love the garlic bread idea.

  12. Garlic bread leftovers sound great

  13. Mine was plain, too. I really thought it was good for something so quick and simple.

  14. Mmm, now you have me thinking about making a savory version of this loaf with minced garlic and chives! (Can you tell I’m not a fan of the plain version?) Nevertheless, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Very lovely!
    I just popped a version in the oven a few minutes ago with prunes and half wheat flour to go with a squash soup.

  16. This one was a quick in the oven bread. I added raisins, but I’m sure yours was just as tasty without them.

  17. I didn’t get to this one-but it looks SOOO good, I wish I had’ve.

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