I am looking at these two recipes for making Irish soda bread:

They look almost identical to each other, same ingredients (minus sugar) and same oven temperature. But one says to bake for 45 minutes and the other one says to bake for 15 min. That seems like a huge difference, doesn't it?

45 min recipe says to use the baking sheet and 15 min recipe says to use cast iron skillet. Does the skillet really affect baking time that much?

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If you read some of the reviews on the one that says to bake for 45 minutes (Brennan's), many of them say it was done in less time:


Really great and simple recipe. Recommended cook time is too long. I cooked mine for about 25 minutes and it was perfect. Will use this again.


After making as written and baking for the stated time, I find it hard to review how the bread tastes as it comes out way overcooked and rubbery.


I did follow the advice of another review post with only baking for 30 min.

So it looks like the bake time on Brennan's recipe is too long.

As to the pan vs sheet, with the sides of the pan so close to the loaf, it can certainly absorb and radiate some extra heat to the bread, so that might explain a little of the time difference... but not 30 minutes worth... but since the actual bake time for the sheet loaf is really 25-30 minutes, that might account for it... but the skillet would also take longer to heat up initially (assuming it's not preheated), so it would probably make the bottom of the bread cook more slowly.

So, as always with baking, don't bake by time. Keep an eye on your baking and pull it when it's done, not when the time is up.

  • And there is at least one review for the other one, saying they baked for 20 minutes and it could have used a few more. So basically the same....
    – Stephie
    Apr 23, 2016 at 17:01
  • thanks for few more sets of eyes. I was curious if there was more than that because both recipes had a lot of reviews and a good chunk of them said, "followed the recipe exactly and it was great" and I actually made the 45 min bread few weeks back and did not think it was over done at all, hence why I was even more confused about the 15 min bake time
    – DXM
    Apr 23, 2016 at 23:56

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