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Irish Soda Bread | DonalSkehan.com, A classic Irish recipe that anyone can make in a matter of minutes!
  • traditional-irish

Irish Soda Bread

March 12

This is an amazingly easy, versatile recipe and has stood the test of time as an Irish classic. It is a no knead, no fuss style of bread which is my kind of recipe! You can change this classic by adding lots of tasty additions.

  • time 50 mins
  • serves Serves 10
  • video
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Grease and flour a 900g loaf tin. Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. This is where you can add in any additional flavourings you like too. In a Pyrex measuring jug, measure out the buttermilk and then whisk in the egg and honey.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, and then pour in the wet mixture. Add a little extra flour if you find the dough is too wet and sticky. Using a wooden spoon, bring the mix together to form a dough. Shape into a rough oval and place in the loaf tin.
  3. Sprinkle with a little flour on top and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. The bread is cooked when you can turn it out on a wire rack, and when the bottom is tapped it should sound hollow. Allow to cool before slicing and enjoying with a little butter.

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200g of wholegrain flour

275g strong white flour

350ml buttermilk

1 generous tsp of bicarbonate of soda

1 large free-range egg

1 tsp honey

A pinch of salt


Cheese, bacon, spinach, wild garlic leaves or raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips etc

You'll Need

900g loaf tin

Large mixing bowl

Pyrex measuring jug


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