Irish Coffee Soda Bread

  • Serves

    serves 8-10

  • Cook

    1 hour 15 minutes


Espresso powder adds a jolt to sleepy soda bread.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 14 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 12 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 tbsp. chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 12 cups buttermilk
  • 14 cup Irish whiskey
  • 3 tbsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a large bowl, add the flours, brown sugar, salt, and baking soda; whisk briefly to combine. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until only pea-sized pieces remain.

Step 3

In a separate medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, whiskey, espresso powder, and egg until smooth. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and, using a rubber spatula, fold together until a shaggy dough begins to form.

Step 4

Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, then gather any crumbs and knead the dough a few times times to bring it together into a loosely formed ball.

Step 5

Transfer the loaf to the prepared baking sheet and, using a serrated knife, cut a cross, about ½ inch deep and 6 , into the top.

Step 6

Bake for 40 minutes at 375°, then lower the heat to 350° and continue baking until the bread is puffed and evenly browned on the outside, 20-25 minutes more. Let cool completely before slicing or tearing.

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