Traditional soda bread

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Traditional soda bread
A well loved traditional Irish staple that goes with everything.

250g plain flour, plus extra to dust

250g whole meal flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

25g butter

1 tbsp caster sugar

284 ml buttermilk

Preheat the oven to Gas 6/200°C/Fan 180°C.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper the dust with a little flour and set aside.

In a large bowl, tip in the flours, baking soda and salt Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed.

Stir in the sugar.

Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until a soft dough is achieved.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 minute until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.

Place on the prepared baking tray.

Cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’ and bake for 35- 40 minutes until well-risen and browned.

Place on a wire rack and leave to cool. 

Makes 1 loaf

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Cooking Time
35 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Sugar

Recipe Type

Irish, Traditional Irish

Level of Difficulty


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