How To Make Irish Soda Bread

As it is St Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March I thought I’d do an Irish recipe, Irish people consuming more than just beer with green food colouring in it generally speaking.

Soda bread uses Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) as a leavening agent instead of yeast and is much quicker to make and cook.  There’s also buttermilk in the recipe which contains lactic acid and reacts to the Bicarb of Soda to make carbon dioxide.

  • 170g Self-Raising Wholemeal Flour
  • 170g Plain Flour
  • 290ml Buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda/Baking Soda*

It’s really easy to put together.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 C, Gas Mark 6.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a plastic bowl.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk.  Mix quickly with a fork.
  4. Dust the work surface or chopping board with flour and gently knead the bread mix.
  5. Shape into a round and cut a cross on the top.  Then put into the oven for 30mins, until it sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.


It took quite a while when I cooked it, I think the oven needed to be hotter. But it was very tasty, especially warm straight from the oven.




*Bicarb in the UK, Baking Soda in the US, not to be confused with Baking Powder which is something else…