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Recipe: Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
Easy and versatile recipe which has stood the test of time as an Irish classic.


  • 500g (1lb) white flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 350-400ml buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 190*C.  
  2. Grease and flour a loaf tin.  
  3. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.  
  4. Add the buttermilk, and then whisk in the egg and honey.  
  5. Form a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, and then pour in the wet mixture.  
  6. Add a little extra flour if you find the dough is too wet and sticky.  
  7. Using a wooden spoon, bring the mixture together to form a dough.  
  8. Shape into a rough oval and place in the loaf tin.  
  9. Sprinkle with a little flour on top and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.  

irish bread

Allow to cool before slicing and enjoying with a little butter
Tip: Add in chopped spinach or even some grated cheddarfor an additional tasty flavour