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Irish Soda Bread

If you have been struggling with sourdough and want a fool proof way to make a delicious home baked loaf, look no further than Irish Soda Bread. This yeast free bread is really simple to make and tastes incredible. Easy to mix and with no need to wait for it to rise, this is a great loaf to start with for someone who is new to baking. It is ready to eat straight out of the oven and goes amazingly slathered with some salty butter, it is truly heaven in a slice.


300g Whole Wheat Flour

100g Strong White Bread Flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

5g table salt

250g Buttermilk

60ml luke warm water

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Serves: Makes 1 loaf


  1. Pre heat a fan oven to 180c (200c if it is not a fan oven)

  2. Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix it with your fingers

  3. Make a well in the middle and add the buttermilk and water

  4. Bring the mixture together with a fork until it gets difficult to mix

  5. Tip out on to a clean counter and knead slightly until it all comes together. No need to knead like you would regular bread, you just want to get the mixture evenly together

  6. If it is very wet and sticking to the surface you can add a little more strong white bread flour and mix it through (bear in mind that it should be a slightly wetter mix than a yeast based bread)

  7. Form the loaf into a round shape and place on a baking tray which has been dusted with flour

  8. Cut a cross into the top of the flour with a sharp knife, cutting about half way through

  9. Place the bread in the oven and cook for 35 minutes

  10. Remove from the oven and turn it over, tap it on the bottom and if it has a hollow sound it is done, if it doesn't have a hollow sound return to the oven and cook for another 5 minutes, or until it has a hollow sound when tapped

  11. Allow to cool on a rack and then it is ready to eat

Mixing the dry ingredients

Mixing in the buttermilk

Cutting the cross in the bread

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