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Brennan's Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Brennan's Irish Soda Bread

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"Warm and soft Irish tradition passed down our family line, and directly into our bellies."

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Original recipe makes 1 round loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Stir the milk and vinegar together, and allow to stand until curdled, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Gradually stir the soured milk into the flour mixture until the dough just comes together, and turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Knead a few times, and shape into a round. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an X shape into the top of the dough to release steam and help the bread keep its round shape.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 45 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 25, 2010

Of all the soda bread recipes I've tried , this is by far the best ! I made this for my cafe's St. Paddy's Day luncheon, and the reviews were RAVE ! It even brought tears to one older Irish gent who procliamed " It tasted exactly like his childhood..." Bank on this recipe !

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 18, 2011

After making as written and baking for the stated time, I find it hard to review how the bread tastes as it comes out way overcooked and rubbery. Very disappointed, and not sure I care to try again.

Mar 10, 2011

This was delicious. I followed the recipe exactly. Yes, the dough is wet, but no you do NOT need to add more flour. Just "knead" it with the spoon if you don't want to get your hands sticky. I needed to shorten the baking time, so I divided the dough into 12 greased muffin cups. It worked great. PLUS it made more of the yummy, crispy edges. We LOVED this and will make it often!!

Mar 18, 2010

Really great and simple recipe. Recommended cook time is too long. I cooked mine for about 25 minutes and it was perfect. Will use this again.

Jul 13, 2010

I made this bread tonight with some potato soup and my husband and I both LOVED it! We ate almost the entire loaf just between the two of us. We saved a little bit just so we could see what it would taste like cold. I agree with the other reviewers, the bake time is way too long. I cooked it about 25-30 minutes and it came out perfect! Also, instead of kneeding it on a floured surface and making a round loaf, I put it in a bread pan and it turned out fantastic! To the person who said it was a wet lumpy dough, that's how it was for me too. I didn't add any more four and just baked it and it turned out great! I'll definitely be making this again!

Mar 16, 2011

Amazing!! I was looking for a go to Irish Soda Bread recipe, this is above and beyond what I was looking for. Honestly, I was not a huge fan of soda bread, but my husband likes it. After he tried it he said it was the best soda bread he had ever had. I have tried a few recipes in the past this is the only one I will make again and again.

Apr 24, 2011

Made this bread today, It was really good. I did follow the advice of another review post with only baking for 30 min. I'm eating some while I'm writing this :). I think I might like it either a bit more sweet or a bit on the salty side. Maybe add some fruit. We loved it!

Jul 31, 2012

I made this bread for the for the first time tonight and I will definately make it again. It is very delicious and easy to make. Yummy :)


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  • Calories
  • 135 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.8 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.9 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 237 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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