FOR TWO OR JUST FOR YOU, Scones Bread, Buttermilk, Easy, For One

Soda Bread {For One}

  No need to bake a whole Irish soda to enjoy this warm quick bread!

mini irish soda bread

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mini irish soda bread


You may be use to scones, powder biscuits…are you use to soda bread? Maybe a little less. And there could be one simple reason: recipes are usually for one big soda bread to share. Of course they are beautifully round, crusty and fluffy at the same time, warm and buttery flavoured…

Well, you can have that, just for you! I imagined this recipe following these goals:

  • Making an easy and quick breakfast/snack
  • Enjoying a warm and easy quick bread
  • Enjoying an Irish soda bread without making a big one
  • Creating a little Irish soda bread as beautifully shaped and crusty as a big one

mini irish soda bread


Irish soda bread vs Scones

There is not a big difference between the two regarding the list of ingredients:


Baking Powder


Cold butter


mini irish soda bread

The differences stays in the ratio of sugar and butter, the choice of the milk (buttermilk or equivalent mandatory for the Irish soda breads) and of course, the baking soda.

The texture of the Irish soda bread is less dense and fluffy than a scone, but its airy and bready (is that word?) texture is equally goof. This is just different.

This Irish soda bread is very easy to assemble: if you are familiar with scones, you don’t have to think a lot about it.

mini irish soda bread

How To Make Irish Soda Bread For One

Mix the dry ingredients

Rub the cold butter with a pastry cutter

Add the buttermilk (and raisins if you really want a pure sweet Irish soda bread) and mix just until moistened

Shape in a round shape

Bake at 425°F and let it shine in the oven and crack in your mouth!

mini irish soda bread

I really advise you to enjoy it just a few minutes after removing the soda bread from the oven. That way, you’ll just have to spread a flavorful salted (yes, salted! So good.) butter and look and drool while it melts… (Am I going to far? 😉 ).

mini irish soda bread

Or, you can toast it: the crust will crack and the crumb will warm up to allow the butter to melt when you spread it. But, that’s up to you.

Soda Bread {For One}

No need to bake a whole Irish soda to enjoy this warm quick bread!

Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword irish soda bread for one, Soda Bread For One, Soda bread one serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 1
Author Bites Of Baking


  • 51 g all-purpose flour 1/3 cup + 1 leveled tbsp
  • 4 g granulated sugar 1 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 7 g unsalted butter -cold and cubed- 1 heaped tsp
  • 42 ml buttermilk -cold- 1.35 fluid ounces


  1. Preheat your oven to to 425°F (220°C). Grease a 8-10 inch oven safe skillet or cake pan with butter or nonstick spray or a baking sheet.


    With a spatula, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt.

  3. Add the cold and cubed butter, and incorporate into the dough by rubbing with your hands or a pastry cutter: the pastry cutter would be better to work this dough as it remains cold as you work it, unlike your hands.

  4. Add the cold buttermilk in the mixture, and gently mix everything together. Like a scone, do not overwork your dough, or it will result in a tough bread.

  5. When everything forms an homogeneous mass, transfer on a generously floured surface. Try not to incorporate to much flour, although it is needed to prevent the dough from sticking.

  6. Work the dough to shape a boule: tuck it under itself and roll it on the working surface with your fingertips.

  7. Transfer the dough on your skillet/cake pan/baking sheet, and wit a sharp knife, make a cross on top of your soda bread.

  8. Bake for about 12-15 min, or until a nice brown color. Serve warm with salted butter or jam!


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