How to make dill Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day

It's an easy recipe for this classic bread.

An Irish soda bread contains no yeast. Instead, they rely on sodium bicarbonate, better known as baking soda, as a leavening agent. The lactic acid in buttermilk and milk stout interacts with the soda to create the bubbles you see in the finished bread. Guinness brews the world’s most well known stout known for its dark colored concoction with a thick head of bubbles. Adding the stout will turn the Irish soda bread into a darker brown. Buttermilk will yield a creamy white colored bread.


4 c. all-purpose flour

4 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. softened butter

1 c. dark Irish stout or 1 c. buttermilk

1 egg (slightly beaten)

1/2 tsp. oregano (optional)

1 tsp. dill

1/4 c. melted better

1/4 c. buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add softened butter and buttermilk/stout and stir. Mix in egg. Flavor with dill and oregano. Raisins and nuts can also been added. Combine and then knead dough on a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into a round and flatten on baking pan. Cut a design into the top of the bread. Combine melted butter with buttermilk. Brush buttermilk butter over the top of the bread.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Use a toothpick to test for doneness. If it comes clean, then the Irish Soda Bread is done. Cut and serve it like a cake after it has cooled a little but still warm.