Irish Soda Bread

Prep:15 minutes

Cook:35-40 minutes

Serves:1 loaf

Best eaten on the day it was made. Add dried mixed herbs or onions for extra flavour or use plain wholemeal flour for extra fibre.


450g plain flour
1 tsp LoSalt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
350ml buttermilk


1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.

2. Sieve the flour, LoSalt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl

3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk. Then using one hand, mix together to form a soft dough.

4. Knead for a few seconds, being careful not to over knead then roll into a ball.

5. Place on a lightly floured baking tray and flatten the dough slightly. Make a deep cross in the centre with a sharp knife.

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden. Tap the base and if it sounds hollow the bread is done.

7. Allow to cool slightly before serving.