Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

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(104 ratings)

Takes 45-55 minutes


Makes 1 loaf
Get the taste of Ireland with this fresh, no-fuss soda bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal296
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.21g
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  • 250g plain white flour
  • 250g plain wholemeal flour
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g butter, cut in pieces



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 500ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…


  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.

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23rd Mar, 2016
Made this last night to go with homemade tomato soup and it was very yummy! Excellent bread without using yeast or getting my breadmaker out! I used almond milk mixed with 100g soya yoghurt and it turned out great! If you don't have buttermilk just add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the milk!
17th Mar, 2016
If you can't get buttermilk try fat free natural vogurt and milk
17th Oct, 2015
Great bread - all the taste, without yeast or having to prove the loaf! I added cracked black peppercorns in time adding chopped walnuts and feta cheese. Love the crust on this bread too. Ideal to go with a bowl of soup, just made celery and potato - so good.
5th Oct, 2015
Very tasty and nice texture. Goes well with soup. Very easy to make.
12th Aug, 2015
Hi, In Northern Ireland we call this Wheaten Bread. Eventually found this recipe but maybe you should put "(Wheaten Bread)" beside the title to allow more people to find it :) Going to try out this recipe next!
21st Mar, 2015
I and my family found this bread much too salty with the 1 tsp of salt. The bread itself was quick and easy to make, had a nice moist texture and went well with stew. It was a little bland so I would try adding herbs if I make it again.
23rd Mar, 2016
I only used Half teaspoon of salt after your comment and it was fine!
7th Mar, 2015
Made this following the recipe exactly. Very good and delicious. Looks like on picture. Baked it for 40 minutes on a pizza stone on 180 (I have an oven thermometer), the last five minutes bottom up.
7th Feb, 2015
First time making this bread it was easy to make, it tasted great and lasted a week without drying out or going stale. I was able to get buttermilk from Tesco's and Asda, in asda look under the polish food section, i found it there or ask in store for buttermilk. I am unable to eat bread because of acid re-flux, but I was o.k with this bread I will be making this bread from now on to eat.
7th Feb, 2015
n well with soup


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