Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe – Few Ingredients

One thing we are learning pretty quickly right now is that we need to be self-sufficient, whenever possible—being prepared when dealing with shortages of products in stores, for example, when you can’t find any bread on the shelves.

So being able to make your bread at home, can also help you pass your time while we all wait for this situation to unfold. We are teaching the boys as well, as we believe these are important skills to learn.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

Today I am sharing a super simple Irish Soda Bread Recipe. You don’t need a lot of ingredients, and it is likely you already have most at home. If you are a missing a couple, add them to your list and try to get them if you can whenever you are heading to the store next.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe – Few Ingredients

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

  • Yield: 1 small loaf

    Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

    Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 45 minutes
    Total Time 55 minutes


    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


    1. Preheat oven to 400F - 200C.

    2. Mix the milk and vinegar together in a small cup, allowing to stand until curdled, around 10 minutes (see photo above if you want to know what it looks like when it has curdled).

    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and have it ready. If you don't have parchment paper, grease the baking sheet instead.

    3. Use a medium-size bowl and mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together.

    4. Slowly stir the curdled milk into the mixture until the dough comes together.

    5. Sprinkle flour into a well-cleaned surface.

    6. Turn the dough out and knead it a few times onto the floured surface, shape into a round ball.

    7. Place the round-shaped dough on the baking sheet.

    8. Cut an x shape into the top of the dough with a sharp nice, this is done to help steam release and so the bread maintains its round shape.

    9. Bake in the oven until it is golden brown. Approximately 45 min depending on your oven, check near the end to ensure it is ready.


Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

This is how you can tell the curled milk is ready. Notice the chunky bits.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - Few Ingredients

It is SO good! Hope you enjoy it!

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20 responses to “Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe – Few Ingredients”

  1. Dona Marie — March 22, 2020 @ 1:16 pm (#)

    That looks good! Great idea to make at home.

  2. Jenn L — April 8, 2020 @ 8:10 pm (#)

    Thanks for the read. Great to follow along.

  3. Sarah — April 9, 2020 @ 9:53 am (#)

    Awesome! Perfect for when i cant find yeast.

  4. Nena Sinclair — April 10, 2020 @ 12:35 am (#)

    I”ll have to give this a try, it looks easy and delicous!

  5. DebH — April 10, 2020 @ 9:33 am (#)

    Might try to make this today, think I have the ingredients on hand. Question, though what is distilled vinegar; can I use regular vinegar instead?

  6. Denise M — April 10, 2020 @ 2:25 pm (#)

    This bread looks amazing!

  7. kristen visser — April 14, 2020 @ 6:44 am (#)

    ooo i love recipes with very few ingredients and i have all the ingredients you mentioned. definitely making this today with my daughters help

  8. June Murphy — April 15, 2020 @ 5:07 pm (#)

    I just made this bread today and it was so good, in addition it was so easy to make. Thank you!

  9. Tara Gauthier — April 15, 2020 @ 8:41 pm (#)

    This looks like a great recipe that going to have to try. My daughter was actually assigned to make bread in a bag recipe from her teacher this week so looking forward to doing that with her.

  10. Mike Gismondi — April 20, 2020 @ 7:22 am (#)

    It’s great that it doesn’t include yeast because we haven’t been able to find any in the stores.

  11. Andy D — April 21, 2020 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    I’m going to try to make this with my daughter this week! We’ve been wanting to make bread but haven’t found yeast anywhere – even finding flour was tough but I finally got some from Earls restaurant!

  12. Wanda Tracey — April 22, 2020 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    There is nothing nicer than homemade bread for comfort food. I love how easy this recipe sounds.

  13. Douglas — April 23, 2020 @ 10:34 am (#)

    Been doing lots of baking but only know how to do the simple stuff. Thanks for this recipe, I’ll try it!

  14. Patsy — April 25, 2020 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    Will have to give this a try! Thanks 🙂

  15. Shirley O — April 28, 2020 @ 11:41 am (#)

    Looks delicious! I haven’t made bread for quite a while. Thanks for this recipe, I’ll have to try it!

  16. Catherine Robichaud — May 1, 2020 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    I’ve always wanted to learn to bake my own bread and this one looks and sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. LILLIAN BROWN — May 6, 2020 @ 4:23 pm (#)

    Love easy recipes that do not take a lot of ingredients.

  18. Micheline — May 10, 2020 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    Wow, this is super easy and great that not a lot of ingredients.

  19. Patti — May 15, 2020 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    Looks like an awesome bread recipe

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