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How to make the perfect Irish Soda Bread

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Recipe: Perfect Irish Soda Bread


  • 250g plain white flour
  • 250g plain wholemeal flour
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g butter, cut in pieces
  • 500ml buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C and dust a baking sheet with flour. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips (handle it very, very gently). Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm/8in in diameter.
  2. Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top. (Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.) Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.
  3. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, break into quarters, then break or cut each quarter in half to make 8 wedges or slices – or simply slice across. Eat very fresh.

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  • Where did the oats come into spade bread I’ve never heard if it regards Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Connolly on

  • Where did the oats come into spade bread I’ve never heard if it regards Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Connolly on

  • I ďdon’t know what’s butter mikk and porridge oats. We don’t use these stuffs in Italy. May I use something else such as yogurt or kefir? May I prepare porridge oats myself? Thanks in advance if you çan answer.

    Annamaria Bovio on

  • Would like to know where your recipes come from Brough up in Ireland
    My Granny’s brown bread and soda bread recipe was so different than this even though urs look lovely too

    Sarah on

  • For the person who said this recipe isn’t true soda bread, I have to disagree. I received my Irish soda bread recipe 40 years ago from a lady, now 80, who lived on Ireland and has made it with the wheat/white flour mixture, soda, egg, butter & buttermilk. Not sure what Wheaten bread is, but the recipe is true soda bread.

    Linda P on

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