This is from the Frugal Gourmets Immigrant Ancestors Cookbook He has another recipe for Irish Dark Soda Bread which uses 3 cups all purpose flour 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 teasp baking soda, l tblsp baking powder, 2 tblsp brown sugar and 2 l/4 cups buttermilk. Process as the other bread, being careful to break up any lumps of brown sugar. This is divided into 2 loaves and baked at 400 for about 45 mins.


  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teasp baking soda
  • 2 teasp baking powder
  • 3 tblsp cornstarch
  • 2 teasp sugar
  • l teasp salt
  • 2 l/2 cups buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375
All all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix very well. Pour all of the buttermilk into the bowl at once and stir, using a wooden spoon, just til a soft dough is formed. Pour the contents of the bowl onto a plastic counter and knead for a minute or so till everything comes together.
Divide the dough into two portions and shape each into a round loaf, pressing the top down a bit to just barely flatten it. Place the loaves on a large ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with some addition flour on the top of each loaf and, using a sharp paring knife, make the sign of a Cross in slashes on the top of each.
Allow the loaves to rest for 10 minutes and then bake on the middle rack for 40 mins or till the loaves are golden brown and done to taste.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: Frugal Gourmet cookbook
Submitted By: Dorothy Painter
Irish Soda Bread