Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe from the Top Baker in Ireland

Widely acknowledged as the finest baker in Ireland, North or South, here is Robert Ditty’s prized soda bread recipe for your St. Patrick’s Day table. His shop is located in the village of Castledown in Derry, just outside of Belfast.

Robert Ditty’s Irish soda bread recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees


Sift together: 


4 cups white flour


1 teaspoon baking soda


1 teaspoon baking powder


1 teaspoon salt


2 tablespoons sugar


Add 2 cups of buttermilk


currants, raisons or other dried fruit are optional


Knead for two minutes on lightly floured board


Shape into a round loaf

Place on a well-buttered, 8-inch pie pan and cut a cross along the 
top.

Bake 35-40 minutes.

Enjoy warm with butter.