Irish Soda Bread
This delicious no-yeast bread can be made in about 45 minutes. Once eaten, this Irish soda bread recipe will never be forgotten!
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Makes: 1 loaf
  • 150 g (5 oz) plain white flour
  • 150 g (5 oz) wholemeal flour
  • 250 ml (8 fl oz) buttermilk (see notes below)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the buttermilk and mix well with you hand to form a sticky dough.
  3. Put the dough on a floured surface and knead very lightly for about a minute.
  4. Once the dough has come together into a ball place it on a baking tray and press it out to about 2.5 cm (1") thick.
  5. Cut a deep cross into the bread and bake at 180°C (355°F) fan oven, 200°C (390°F) conventional oven for about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
If you don't have buttermilk you can use a 50:50 mixture of ordinary milk and plain yoghurt.

You need to work the dough quite quickly as the baking soda will already be reacting with buttermilk. You don't need to work the gluten as in a regular loaf but you need to work the dough enough that it comes together into a ball.

This is great with soups, stews or just on its own spread with butter!