A simple traditional Irish soda bread recipe involves kneading a mixture of flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk into a round piece of dough, then baking it in the oven until it forms a golden crust. A variety of simple soda bread recipes are available on About.com, Epicurious.com and LeitesCulinaria.com.
The traditional Irish soda bread recipe on About.com calls for the cook to whisk all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. The cook creates a well in the center and pours in a portion of the buttermilk. He mixes the ingredients together with a fork to form a soft dough, adding more of the remaining buttermilk if necessary to facilitate the process. The cook kneads the dough and fashions it into a somewhat flat, circular shape, then uses a knife to cut a cross on top. He bakes the dough at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes until golden.
Cooks seeking fancier flavors for their soda bread should consider the recipe for Irish soda bread with raisins and caraway on Epicurious.com. In addition to the basic ingredients, this recipe also includes sugar, butter, egg, raisins and caraway seeds. Meanwhile, the recipe for Irish soda bread with walnuts on LeitesCulinaria.com is a dark, nutty version that uses whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and plain yogurt instead of buttermilk. It contains generous amounts of walnuts and a touch of light brown sugar.