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!
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.
This dill 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!
How to Make Irish Soda Bread
This recipe is adapted from a traditional recipe for Irish Soda bread from Canadian living.
To make this dill bread heartier, I substituted half of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat bread flour. To add a little more flavour and a bit of green, I added 4 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh 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.
- Unbleached all-purpose flour
- Whole wheat bread flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking soda
- Sea salt
- Fresh dill
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.
Turn the dough out onto a flour dusted surface and knead the dough a few times until it comes together into a ball shape.
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.
How to Serve
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.
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.
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Irish Soda Bread with Dill
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole wheat bread flour
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 1-3/4 to 2 cups buttermilk
- 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!
This post was originally published on March 14, 2015. It has been updated.