Soda bread

Posted on: October 15th, 2009 by admin 1 Comment

An Irish treat, a really tasty crusty bread. Soda bread is ridiculously simple to make, very satisfying when pulled from the oven. Our Mum used to serve this with stews and soups for dinner. There are a lot of versions that add things, but the Irish purists get mad if you put raisins and such in there, so stay true and things will work out.


  • 4 c (16 oz) of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 c (14 oz) of buttermilk (you can use milk)

Preheat the oven to 220ºC (425ºF). Lightly grease and flour a cake pan (springform is good).

In a large bowl sieve together all the dry ingredients. Then add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place on floured surface and knead just a little (not too much though- don’t want the gas to escape).

Shape into a round flat shape place in the pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough. Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes.

The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped when it is done and it’s not the most attractive loaf of bread you’ll ever see. Eat it right away for best results – it’s delicious.

original recipe here

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