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Irish Soda Bread

I love homemade bread!

But I don’t love working with yeast. It can be finicky, difficult to control, and have a mind of its own.

Not what I’m looking forward to when I’m making a big meal that deserves homemade bread!

Don’t let the name fool you, we’re not about to toss a can of fresh, bubbly soda pop in here! This recipe uses baking soda, which is a leavening agent that allows the bread to rise without having to deal with yeast!

I added some thyme to the dough because the Irish stew I’m serving it with (blog post soon to come!) has thyme all throughout, so I really wanted the flavors to match!

The softened butter with this is crucial! It adds so much more flavor to the bread than just regular butter. Softened, herby butter on top of crusty warm bread?! Sign me up, please!


4 cups of flour

3/4 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 1/2 cups of buttermilk

Half a stick of butter, cold

1 egg

1 tablespoon of dried thyme

Flavored butter:

1 stick of butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon of dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon of salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.

Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the dry ingredients. Using the paddle attachment, mix the butter into the flour.

In a measuring cup, add in buttermilk and one egg. Whisk slightly to break up the egg.

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour. Turn the mixer on until a rough dough forms.

Sprinkle some flour onto the counter and begin to knead the dough. Add more flour if the dough is really sticky.

Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes. Form the dough into a circular shape.

Place some parchment paper into a cake pan and add the dough. Using a sharp knife, cut an ‘x’ on the top about halfway down. This helps the bread cook.

Then, place the bread in the oven for about 45-50 minutes.

The top will be golden brown and if you insert a knife in the middle, it should come out clean.

While the bread cools slightly, you can make the herbed butter.

Place the butter in a bowl and add the seasonings. Stir together.

Serve the butter with a warm slice of bread, or two!

This bread is so easy to make and so delicious! I love how soft the bread is without even having to worry about yeast! The addition of the herbed butter really just takes this bread to a whole new level! You definitely need this bread in your life!

-Holly Michelle

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