Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread

Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread
John Blanchette


  • 4 Cups  white flour, plus more kneading the dough
  • 1 Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon  salt
  • 2 Tablespoons  sugar
  • 2 Cups  buttermilk
  •   Currants, raisins, or other dried fruit, to taste (optional)
  •   Butter, for greasing the pie pan and serving

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, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 21g 32%
  • Carbs 431g 144%
  • Saturated 11g 54%
  • Fiber 14g 54%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 50g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 68g 136%
  • Cholesterol 50mg 17%
  • Sodium 4,890mg 204%
  • Calcium 987mg 99%
  • Magnesium 166mg 42%
  • Potassium 1,280mg 37%
  • Iron 7mg 37%
  • Zinc 6mg 37%
  • Phosphorus 1,436mg 205%
  • Vitamin A 166µg 18%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 8%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 51%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 57%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 19%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 155µg 39%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 18%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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