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Sourdough Soda Bread Recipe [simple And Easy To Make]

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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This scrumptious sourdough discard recipe is super easy to make and doesn’t require overnight fermentation, so you get to enjoy your sourdough soda bread almost immediately after baking it!

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf, 8 servings 1x


  • 125g all-purpose flour
  • 125g stoneground or whole wheat flour
  • 3g kosher salt
  • 3g baking soda
  • 50g raisins
  • 7g caraway seeds
  • 42g cold unsalted butter
  • 100g sourdough starter discard
  • 118ml cultured buttermilk
  • 24g honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine both flours, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Cut the butter into cubes and coat the pieces in the flour mixture. Then use your hands to crumble the butter into the flour mixture, until you achieve a breadcrumb texture.
  4. Mix the raisins and caraway seeds into the flour mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk the sourdough discard, buttermilk, and honey then drop the wet mixture into the flour mixture.
  6. Gently fold the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients using your hands, or a dough whisk until they are thoroughly incorporated.
  7. Transfer the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add a dusting of flour to the dough, and shape it into a round shape.
  8. Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2-inch deep X into the top of the loaf.
  9. Bake the soda bread for 40 minutes, or until it’s a dark golden brown, and the internal temperature reaches 200F.
  10. Remove the soda bread from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.


  • Treat your soda bread dough like you’re making biscuits. Gently knead the dough, taking care to not over-knead, as this will cause the gluten to develop creating a tough bread.
  • Freeze your butter so that it remains cold when added to the dough. The cold butter will create delicious flaky pockets once in the oven.
  • You can add some lemon zest for extra flavor.
  • Coat your soda bread in butter and honey for the best soda bread.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: bread
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • Calories: 199 kcal
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Protein: 5 g