5 from 8 votes
Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Traditional Brown Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A dense, moist and very hearty bread which is particularly satisfying to eat on cold, wintery days with a hot bowl of homemade soup.

Course: Baking
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6
Calories: 326 kcal
Author: Gillian Thompson
  • 10 oz wholemeal flour 275g I used spelt wholemeal flour
  • 6 oz plain flour 175g
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda this was written as bread soda which is in fact baking soda
  • 1 oz butter 25g
  • 1/2 pint to 1/4 pint of buttermilk 275-425 ml
  1. Heat oven to 200C/ 400F.
  2. Mix the two flours, salt and baking soda together.
  3. Rub in butter until resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Add sufficient buttermilk to make a soft dough.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface and gently knead to remove any cracks.
  6. Form into a round and place on a floured baking sheet.
  7. Cut a cross through the dough using a sharp knife.
  8. Sprinkle over oats, seeds or nuts of your choice.

  9. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes
Recipe Notes

Delicious eaten with my Spicy Roast Red Pepper and Tomato Soup.