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Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Orange Butter on a wire rack with a jar of honey, fresh oranges and a green pitcher in the background.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Orange Butter
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a warm hunk of Irish soda bread slathered with orange butter. This easy recipe is flavored with buttermilk and orange and pairs just as well with coffee or a pint! Cheers!

Course: Bread
Servings: 6 -8 servings
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted (+ 1 Tbsp butter for greasing the pan)
  • 2 tsp sugar

  • Orange Butter
  • 4 oz unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange liqueur
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • *additional honey for serving
  1. Irish Soda Bread: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease the bottom of a ceramic dutch oven (or a non-greased cast iron skillet if you prefer).
  2. In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, salt, soda and zest.
  3. Add in the buttermilk and stir until just combined.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a round, no need to knead.
  5. Cut a cross in the center. I make mine a little deeper for a flatter, crustier bread. Make shallower cuts for a higher bread.
  6. Transfer to the prepared pan and brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Cover and bake for 30 mins, remove the cover and continue to bake an additional 12-15 mins, or until golden brown.
  8. Cool slightly and serve warm with orange butter and honey.
  9. Orange Butter: Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and well blended. Alternatively, beat in a mixing bowl with an electric beater.