Hogan Family Irish Soda Bread

Recipe: Hogan family Irish soda bread

SummaryRecipe submitted by Tara Hogan


Dry Ingredients:

  • 4 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 c. buttermilk
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, soda, sugar and cardamom. You do not need to sift the flour, but it is wise to sift the soda. Add the butter and cut in with a pastry blender/fork/fingers.
  3. Beat the egg and mix with buttermilk. Mix wet & dry ingredients together, adding liquid a little at a time. Turn out on a floured board and knead until dough holds together. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a round flat loaf. Cut a cross on the top of each loaf with a sharp knife.
  4. Bake at 375F for about 35 minutes.


Notes from Tara:

I made two alterations. First, I couldn’t find buttermilk, so I substituted 1 tbsp vinegar per cup milk. Second, I added 1/2 tsp allspice. You could also add 1 cup of currants (even better if soaked in whiskey) after adding the butter.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Culinary tradition: Irish