Rosemary Irish Soda Bread



A bit o’ luck o’ the Irish helped me create an easy and delicious dinner to serve for St. Patrick’s Day  –  Guinness Marinated Flank Steak and this Rosemary Irish Soda Bread.  I’m not a big fan of the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, but I do love me some Guinness, so this dinner was perfect.  As for the soda bread, I think I’ll be making it on more than this one occasion this year because it is is scrumptious! Sweet. Salty.  Tender. And SO easy to make. Seriously, browned butter makes everything better.

Rosemary Irish Soda Bread
Recipe Type: Sides
Author: A Passionate Plate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg white, beaten to blend
  1. With the rack positioned in the middle position in the oven, preheat the oven to 375°F. Stir the butter in a small saucepan until it is melted and starting to turn golden brown. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Pour the browned butter and the buttermilk over the top of the dry ingredients and stir to blend being careful to not over-mix.
  3. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and fold over on top of itself (knead) 5 to 7 times. Divide the dough into two balls. Place them onto a lightly greased baking sheet and flatten them into 6 inch rounds. Top with coarse sea salt, freshly ground pepper and a sprig of rosemary.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes until deep golden brown and a tester comes out clean. Let them cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. Serve warm.



  1. […] and combination of three different recipes- this recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda bread, this recipe for Rosemary Irish Soda Bread from A Passionate Plate, and this recipe for Brown Butter Soda Bread […]

  2. Ladies
    I made this with the kids last night and convinced my son that if we made this bread the smell of baking bread wafting through the air would lure possible leprechauns to the house…what ensued was a systems of ‘traps’ around the house in hopes of securing one with the bate being a small segment of the bread. Very charming! The bread was great and turned out just gorgeous in color. One little question about the recipe, where does the egg white come in? Was I to mix into the bread or use for brushing on the outside? I did the latter truth be told and it seemed great, but if it needed ot be incorporated into the dough, would love to know since I am making 2 more loaves for tonight’s party we are attending in the neighborhood.


    • Joy Aldrich says:

      Oops! Michelle, thanks do much for trying this recipe and for the cute story! You were absolutely right to brush the egg white on top of the bread before baking. I’ll amend the instructions. XO

  3. We are making this with the kids tonight! ALso have a party we are attending tomorrow and will make another batch to bring to that…looking forward to a perfect bread! More to come on my results!


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