Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

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Cooking time

Takes 45-55 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 1 loaf

Get the taste of Ireland with this fresh, no-fuss soda bread

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
296
protein
11g
carbs
56g
fat
5g
saturates
3g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
1.21g

Ingredients

  • 250g plain white flour
  • 250g plain wholemeal flour
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g butter, cut in pieces
  • 500ml buttermilk

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C and dust a baking sheet with flour. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips (handle it very, very gently). Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm/8in in diameter.
  2. Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top. (Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.) Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.
  3. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, break into quarters, then break or cut each quarter in half to make 8 wedges or slices – or simply slice across. Eat very fresh.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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dennyk's picture
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you can use natural or greek yoghurt in place of Buttermilk

dennyk's picture
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you can use natural or greek yoghurt in place of Buttermilk

o2rey1's picture
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so easy and quick to make! and so good! it simply disappeared in a blink

steve6337's picture

re Alice
If you are in Spain you can buy buttermilk at SuperSol markets on the Costa del Sol.

saulmani's picture

Fabulous. Husband especially loved it. In future I'll make two smaller loaves out of this recipe instead of one.

o_cat_o's picture

re: alice.
Yes you can use either live yoghurt or soured milk as an alternative to butter milk. I use soured milk in mine. I use the same volume milk as buttermilk in the recipe. And i sour it 1st by heating it (in the microwave), then adding 2 tsp lemon juice, then allowing it to cool a little. this makes a kind of lumpy yoghurty mixture, but it works well instead of buttermilk.

awesomedandelion's picture
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Great soda bread, and an easy to follow recipe. I halved the recipe because I didn't have enough buttermilk - it worked out fine - I just had to add a couple more handfuls of flour.
Also, totally forgot to put in the butter(?!) but it was still really good so if you want to cut it out it works fine!

katetereza's picture
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Wonderful bread! Easy and tasty!

Dear Alice, you can substitute buttermilk with kefir, plain yoghurt or soured milk (mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in one liter lukewarm milk, stir well, let stand for 10 minutes and its ready.)

birdline's picture

I live in Spain and I have looked for buttermilk but cant find it. Is there an alternative??

111acy's picture
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I just found out that i was sensitive of yeast - Irish soda bread was recommended. This recipe is great, making lovely bread thats very tasty and filling. Goes great with soups and makes fantastic toast. I'd highly recommend it - 2nd batch is in the oven as i type. Thanks

taragunning's picture
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Mmm... tasty

noonen's picture
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My husband said this is the best soda bread he has ever tasted.
The trick is definitely not to over knead it.

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