Elder Kelly’s Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on July 20, 2006 in Blog | 0 comments

While living in England, we had a favorite missionary…Elder Kelly. He was from a very large Irish family and he said that it was his job, as a little boy, to measure and mix the dry ingredients for Soda Bread every morning. His mother would then add the buttermilk, knead it and bake it. This is their recipe. It uses no yeast, so is a great recipe if you need bread and you’ve run out of yeast!


  • 3 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use all white flour if you don’t have any whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (1 pint) buttermilk

Stir dry ingredients together with a whisk. Add buttermilk and stir to combine. Knead in the bowl until thoroughly mixed. Turn-out on counter and knead until smooth…just a couple of minutes. (Add a tablespoon or two of flour, if needed, to keep dough from sticking to the counter.) Shape into a round loaf, about 7 inches across, on a cookie sheet. Cut a cross into the surface of the dough with a knife. Bake about 40-45 minutes at 375 degrees. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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