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Irish Soda Bread with Dill

This easy to make Irish Soda Bread with Dill is a variation of the traditional Irish Soda Bread. Serve it with your favourite Irish stew for a delicious meal!

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Loaf of Irish Soda Bread with Dill on parchment paper.

Since St-Patrick's Day is quickly approaching I thought it would be fun to try a new Irish recipe and share it with you. I thought about making a traditional Irish lamb stew, but since my true passion is baking I gravitated towards making an Irish Soda Bread.

Sliced Irish Soda Bread with Dill on board.

This bread is easy to prepare, doesn't require many ingredients and is made without the use of yeast. Baking soda is used instead to leaven the loaf, which makes this a quick bread. This means there is no waiting for the bread to rise before you can bake it.

Sliced Irish Soda Bread

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is based on a traditional recipe for Irish Soda bread from Canadian living. To make the bread heartier, I substituted half of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat bread flour. To add a bit more flavour, I added 4 tablespoons of finely chopped dill.

This soda bread is made without eggs, yogurt or sour cream but does contain buttermilk so this is not a dairy-free or vegan recipe.

When mixing the ingredients together to make the dough, I recommend reserving about 1/4 cup of the buttermilk and not adding it all at once. Mix the dough and then determine whether you need to add more buttermilk. The dough should be nice and soft.

Shape the loaf and place it on a lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife score a wide cross on the top part of the loaf, this helps the heat reach the middle of the bread and helps it to bake more evenly.

Sliced Irish Soda Bread with Dill

This Irish Soda Bread bakes beautifully and is flavourful with the addition of fresh dill. The bread is best served warm with some salted butter. Serve it as a side to a bowl of Irish stew for a delicious dinner!

Irish Soda Bread with cut and buttered slice.

How to Freeze Soda Bread

Store any leftover soda bread in the freezer, just wrap it well and place it in a large freezer bag. Thaw the bread on the counter and warm it in the oven before serving.

If you're interested in seeing more Irish recipes, these Irish Scones are super simple to make and this Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake which includes Guinness beer is great for dessert.

More Quick Bread Recipes

If you make this recipe let me know how it went for you in the comment section below. I'd love to know if you made any variations to the recipe and how it worked out. And if you take a picture, share it with me on Instagram by tagging #sweetandsavourypursuits, I love to see your photos!

Sliced Irish Soda Bread with Dill on board.

Irish Soda Bread with Dill

Recipe adapted from Canadian Living
This easy to make Irish Soda Bread with Dill is a variation of the traditional Irish Soda Bread. Serve it with your favourite Irish stew for a delicious meal!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8 -10
Calories 263 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 1-3/4 to 2 cups buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 425ºF.
  • Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking soda into a large bowl, add the chopped dill and blend it in well with your fingers.
  • Make a well in the centre and add 1 and 3/4 cups of the buttermilk, start mixing it with your fingers until the bread comes together, if needed add more buttermilk, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Turn the dough out onto a flour dusted surface and knead the dough a few times until it comes together into a ball shape. Don’t over knead the dough.
  • Transfer the dough onto the baking pan and using a sharp knife score a wide cross, about 1/2 of an inch deep on the dough.
  • Place the pan onto the middle rack and bake for about 32 to 35 minutes, the bread should be brown and sound hollow when you tap the bottom of it.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for about a half hour before slicing and serving.
  • Serve with salted butter and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 9gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 439mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 670IUVitamin C: 6.3mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Irish Soda Bread, Irish Soda Bread with Dill
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vanyadhanya

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Love the rustic texture of the bread, especially with the flavour of dill incorporated

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Friday 6th of March 2020

Thank you so much!

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Tuesday 15th of March 2016

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Kelsey

Friday 27th of March 2015

Wow im really loving this irish soda bread. and with dill? wow that would add so much great flavor.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Friday 27th of March 2015

The dill was really good. Thank you!

milkandbun

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

I do like dill, its wonderful flavour and taste; the bread looks very delish! :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

Yes, so do I and I feel that I don't use it all that much in my cooking, I will have to try and incorporate it more often :) Thank you!

relaxingcooking

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

This bread looks like a delicious loaf!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

Thank you!

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