Irish Soda Bread

My mum's soda bread - she mixes it in about 2 minutes flat, bakes it for about 30 minutes, and it gets eaten as quick. The best soda bread in the world!


Mix everything together in a bowl, and knead briefly by hand on a flour-dusted surface.

Divide the mixture in half, and slash with a knife across the centre and three or four along the top.

Bake in a hot oven for about 30 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.


Buttermilk 16 fl oz
Bread Soda 1 tsp
Salt pinch
Flour 16 oz

Hints 'n' Tips

A hot oven is about 220-240 degrees celcius, or gas mark 7-8. My mum uses a turf-fuelled range!

You can also add a handful of sultanas or raisins to make it fruity.

Or substitute about 4 lb of the flour for wholemeal flour for a brown soda bread.


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