Totally Simple Irish Soda Bread, Even for Non-Bakers

Irish Soda Bread falls into a category called quick-breads that rely on baking soda or powder instead of yeast. What does this mean for you? That you can have a hot, crusty loaf of homemade bread on the table, START TO FINISH, in under an hour with minimal effort. WOW!

Think you’re not a baker? You’ll think twice about that after you give this a shot. One bowl, no kneading, using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry and fridge. You’d think those would all be the best parts, but wait until you try it!

A slight tang from the yogurt, a heartiness from the oats, the way a creamy smear of butter melts into a slice steaming hot out of the oven… did I mention it’s healthy? Fiber rich and protein packed.

What are you waiting for?

Top lay irish soda bread on wooden cutting board


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Totally Simple Irish Soda Bread, Even for Non-Bakers

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins


  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 1 ½ cups plain full fat yogurt not Greek yogurt


  • Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the flours, oats, salt, and baking soda and stir well to combine. Add the butter and using your hands or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the mixture until you have small pea-sized lumps.
  • Stir in the yogurt until the dough just comes together and forms a ball. If it seems too wet, add a bit more flour, or if it’s too crumbly, a tablespoon or so more of yogurt.
  • Turn out onto the prepared baking sheet and shape it into a round loaf about 3 inches high, then score the top using a very sharp knife in an X shape. Sprinkle with a few oats if desired.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until browned and cooked through. Cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting.


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