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Looking for a last-minute Lammas bread recipe? This take on Irish soda bread requires no yeast and no buttermilk!

Lammas Irish Soda Bread

Simple, down-to-earth soda bread makes for a lovely addition to your Lammas celebration. No yeast or buttermilk necessary!
Prep Time 1 hr


  • 1 cast iron skillet
  • 2 medium size mixing bowls


  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons dried garden herbs


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, blend together the water and sour cream until smooth. It should be the consistency of heavy cream.
  • Add the egg and beat it into the water/sour cream.
  • In a seperate bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or very large fork, cut cold butter into the mixture until it begins to clump consistently througout.
  • Fold the sour cream/water/egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until it becomes annoyingly difficult to do so (you'll know what I mean when you get there).
  • From there, sprinkle in the herbs and work the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface until they are spread throughout the dough and the dough seems even in consistency. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Place it on a cast iron skillet or lightly greased baking pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a fork comes out clean.
Keyword kitchen witch, lammas bread