Irish Soda Bread
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The world's easiest bread recipe.
Serves: 10-12 large slices
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. In another bowl, whisk together your milk and yogurt or sour cream until fully combined. Pour the milk mixture into the dry mixture and use a wooden spoon to gently stir the two together until you have a shaggy dough.
  3. Lightly flour your work surface, gather the dough into a loose ball, and turn it out onto the work surface. Lightly knead the dough for a couple of minutes, just until it is pliable and not too sticky. Form the dough into a ball and place it on your prepared baking sheet. Shape the dough into a rounded disc, cut an X into the top of the dough with a sharp knife, and sprinkle with a pinch or two of flour.
  4. Find an oven-proof mixing bowl double the size of the dough ball (ceramic or stainless steel will work best) and place it on top of the dough - this will help retain moisture in the bread and allow it to brown without burning. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the bowl from the bread and bake for another 15 minutes until it is a deep golden color. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool before serving and slicing, preferably with some nice butter or olive oil. The bread will keep well lightly covered and at room temperature for up to two days.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at