Traditional Irish Soda Bread


250g Wholemeal Flour

250g Plain Flour

1 tsp Bread soda/Bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp Salt

500ml Buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 210˚C.

  2. Sift in all the dry ingredients in a bowl, make a well and gradually add the buttermilk and mix until a dough is formed. It should be quite a wet dough.

  3. Flour a surface well and knead the dough for a few minutes. Make a round shape and place on a floured baking tray or place in a lined loaf tin.

  4. Cut a cross using a floured knife and put in the preheated oven for 10mins at 210˚C, reduce to 190˚C for a further 35mins.

  5. Tap the base of the bread, if it makes a hollow sound it is done. If not, place back in the oven for a further 5mins. Remove from the oven and wrap in a damp cotton or linen tea towel overnight to soften the crust.

Tip: If you prefer a crispy crust, wrap in a dry cotton tea towel overnight rather than a damp one

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