Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread

Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread
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Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread

John Blanchette

Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread does not have dried fruit in it, although if you wish, you may add some to this recipe. This is Robert Ditty's recipe; he's widely regarded as the best baker in all of Ireland. His bakery is located in the town of Castledawson in Londonderry.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together into a large bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the buttermilk and currants, raisins, or other dried fruit and mix until just combined and a dough forms.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Knead the dough for 2 minutes and shape into a round loaf.

Butter an 8-inch pie pan and place the dough inside. Cut a cross along the top and bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy warm with butter.


Calories per serving:

185 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Fat Low Fat Abs, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 2g 3%
  • Carbs 36g 12%
  • Saturated 1g 4%
  • Fiber 1g 5%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 6g 11%
  • Cholesterol 4mg 1%
  • Sodium 407mg 17%
  • Calcium 82mg 8%
  • Magnesium 14mg 3%
  • Potassium 107mg 3%
  • Iron 1mg 3%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 120mg 17%
  • Vitamin A 14µg 2%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 4%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 5%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 13µg 3%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 0%
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