Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

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(128 ratings)

Takes 45-55 minutes


Makes 1 loaf

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • for up to 1 month

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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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26th Aug, 2016
Mine was a tad gooey as well so I spooned the mixture into a greased loaf tin and it turned out perfect. I did cook for 45 mins though. Could not recommend this recipe highly enough its so simple and turns out a perfect loaf. I have been making bread for about 10 years now and never achieved a tastier loaf than this one.
11th Jul, 2016
Simple and quick recipe. The bread comes out so moist and tasty. I would highly recommend it, I've made it 5-6 times at this stage.
8th May, 2016
Best Soda Bead recipe yet and I've tried a few!! !...Didn't use Oats though used 50g of Wheat germ and 50G of Bran instead turned out perfect love that it keeps for a few days too
3rd May, 2016
I have made this 3 times now, so quick and easy. My mix seemed quite dry, maybe because I used oat bran instead of porridge oats. The next time I'll add more liquid. Found that the loaf kept well for a few days when wrapped in cling film.
25th Apr, 2016
This worked perfectly and was really simple. I just had to add a splash of water to bring it together. I wasn't sure what it was meant to be like, but my Irish friend was a big fan and complimented the crusty exterior and soft inside. I would definitely make again :-)
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!


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