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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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

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

  1. That looks good! Great idea to make at home.

  2. Thanks for the read. Great to follow along.

  3. Awesome! Perfect for when i cant find yeast.

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

  5. 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. This bread looks amazing!

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

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

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

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

  14. Will have to give this a try! Thanks 🙂

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

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

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

  19. Looks like an awesome bread recipe

  20. This looks delicious and easy!

  21. The bread looks delicious

  22. I love baking bread This recipe looks quick and easy and tasty

  23. I want to try this recipe with my own kids now, thank you!

  24. awesome recipe

  25. The bread looks absolutely delicious 😋

  26. I love that it doesn’t need time to rise! I’m a little leary about the souring of the milk though, ewww. I’m assuming that it’s important though for the baking soda to work. Definitely looks awesome!

  27. id give this a try!

  28. I have tried this a few times, and forgot to post. It is perfect companion for home made soup. With kids at home, and often at my place, this is a hearty meal.

  29. Wow I want to make this on the weekend & pin it for later too! My bread machine just went and kneading is out of the question so a simple recipe might be just what I knead 😉

  30. Making alot of fresh bread at this time. Love a warm slice with butter with a big bowl of soup. Looks delicious!

  31. This recipe looks very no-fuss, which is an important deciding factor for me when choosing something to make.

  32. I’ve never tried bread like this before. I would absolutely love to though!

  33. This is a great easy recipe, lots of fun for the kids to make as well!!

  34. I made this back in the spring and loved it. Going to make it again!

  35. I love making fresh homemade bread every now and then but I have never tried this recipe. I am excited to try it and I think my family will love it.

  36. This looks pretty easy so I am thinking I will give it a try to go with my beef stew tonight.

  37. This looks so easy to make.

  38. I’ve always wanted to try making this!Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  39. This bread is delicious

  40. My husband was just telling me about the Irish Soda Bread his mother used to make, thx so much for this terrific recipe!

  41. I actually tried your recipe in March when we initially went into lockdown! It worked really well.

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