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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renster's picture
20th Jan, 2013
just made this, but forgot to put the salt in does salt make it rise or is it just for taste?
14th Jan, 2013
I read the comments and thought I give it a try. I used (selfmade) sour milk and was a bit concerned because the dough was VERY moist and lumpy but in the end it was very lovely. Next time I think I'll use yogurt and bake it in a round baking pan.
26th Nov, 2012
I love this bread, i vary what flours i put in too, like rye flour and more wholegrain, or more oats etc :) favourite bread.
26th Nov, 2012
I love this bread, i vary what flours i put in too, like rye flour and more wholegrain, or more oats etc :) favourite bread.
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Lee Causseaux
13th Nov, 2012
This is a very easy bread to make and the feedback from friends was very positive. It is one of the best tasting soda breads we have had. Next time I will reduce the amount of salt by just a tad bit.
24th Oct, 2012
I made this using buttermilk and made it using natural yoghurt. I prefer the one made with the yoghurt plus its cheaper than buttermilk
20th Oct, 2012
i have just tried mine lovley )i made my own buttermilk with milk and lemon juice and a drop of vinger x
29th Sep, 2012
Excellent result for such an easy and quick recipe. Lovely thick crust and texture. Perfect accompaniment for soup or salad. Will be a family favourite I'm sure
26th Sep, 2012
Easy and delicious, it was my first attempt and very pleased with the result!
24th Sep, 2012
Excellent recipe and an extremely easy introduction to making soda bread.


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