Super Simple Soda Bread

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, you may want to enjoy all things Irish food in celebration of the day that commemorates the death of St. Patrick, who is widely credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

Whether you plan to bake up a Shepherd’s Pie or the ever-popular Corned Beef and Cabbage, you’ll need something to sop up the delicious food on your plate.

And for that you need…Soda Bread, of course!

Many people have their own time-tested recipes for this delicious treat, but if you don’t, here’s a super simple starter recipe!


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

Soda Bread and coffee – a perfect pairing!

We like our Soda Bread with raisins in it…and a hot cup of LWR Farmers Market Dark Roast! With subtle hints of molasses and earthy spice, it pairs perfectly with a rich, buttery slice of soda bread, fresh out of the oven and slathered with Irish butter.

Order a bag of dark roast today, and enjoy!

Written by Nikki Massie

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