Irish soda bread recipe

Irish soda bread recipe

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This Irish soda bread recipe is super easy-to-make, and requires minimal kneading and no proving. Bake a batch and fill your home with the gorgeous aromas of freshly-made bread. Perfect simply spread with butter, or served alongside a hearty stew, to mop up all the delicious juices. See method

  • makes 1 loaf
  • 15 mins to prepare and 35 mins to cook
  • 252 calories / serving
  • Healthy


  • 250g (8oz) plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 250g (8oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 x 284ml pot buttermilk

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    4g 5%
  • Saturates

    2g 9%
  • Sugars

    4g 5%
  • Salt

    0.5g 9%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 49.7g Protein 7.8g Fibre 4.4g


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/Fan 180°C. Tip the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl. Then use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed. Stir in the sugar.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until you get a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 min until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.
  3. Place on a lightly dusted baking sheet. Dust with a little plain flour if you like. Use a large sharp knife to cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’. Bake in the oven for 35 – 40mins until well-risen and browned. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool. 
  4. For a lighter version, try using plain flour in lieu of wholemeal flour.
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