Prune spread on the brown Irish soda bread in front and a piece with butter in the back

Brown Irish Soda Bread

This delicious SIMPLE bread recipe is great at meals or slather it with jam for dessert!

Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Keyword brown irish soda bread, irish soda bread, soda bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 20 pieces
Calories 143 kcal
Author Elaine Benoit


  • 3 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat, or all purpose)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and liberally grease a loaf pan or a medium sized cast iron skillet

  2. Add spelt flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl and use a pastry cutter to combine the ingredients

  3. Add butter and use a dough cutter to get pea sized clumps in mixture

  4. In a small bowl whisk egg, milk and maple syrup together

  5. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until well mixed.  It will be somewhat wet and sticky

  6. Transfer dough to the (bread pan) or cast iron skillet and bake for 35 - 40 minutes

  7. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing it to a wire rack.  Let cool before cutting

  8. Slather with butter or jam
  9. Eat
  10. Smile
  11. Enjoy

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Nutrition Facts
Brown Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.