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Basic Irish Soda Bread - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I love soda bread. My sometimes gluten-intolerant tummy loves soda bread. And as luck would have it, soda bread is REALLY quick and simple to make.

If you've always fancied having a go at baking bread, but thought it was too difficult, think again. This is a great place to start!

Soda bread is easy peasy lemon squeezy and I promise... once you start, you'll soon be moving onto other breads, like my White Farmhouse Loaf. A word of caution though, bread making is addictive!

The only important things you need to remember with soda bread are...

Work quickly! Get your ingredients, implements and area prepared before you start.

Do not overwork! Even if your dough doesn’t all come together or you don’t quite knead in all the flour, DO NOT overwork it and don’t panic. Soda bread is supposed to be rustic, so don’t fret about getting it all neat and perfect!

Here are some guideline ingredients for a Basic Irish Soda Bread recipe, but you can use other flours or even different wet ingredients, such as Guinness.

Experiment!  Gwan… Give it a go!



  • 450g flour (for the bread shown here, I used 250g white bread flour and 200g wholewheat bread flour)
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 255ml (or thereabouts) buttermilk (see tip at the end of this post) or 300ml natural yoghurt (I used almost all of a 500g pot because that’s what Tesco had!)


Ingredients for Basic Irish Soda Bread - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I knew I'd find a use for all those  pots...


  • Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 or 180fan/350F/Gas 4
  • Prepare an area for kneading with a dusting of flour (trust me, you’ll be grateful you did this in a few minutes!)
  • Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl
  • Make a well in the centre
  • Pour in ¾ of the buttermilk/yoghurt and stir in
  • Blend quickly, but not too much
  • Add in more buttermilk as required and bring together with your fingers until you have a nice soft dough
  • Turn out onto your floured surface (you're grateful now, aren't you?)


Basic Irish Soda Bread - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

  • Knead for 15 seconds to ½ a minute only
  • DO NOT OVERWORK! (just in case you forgot)
  • Fashion into a loaf (for some reason, I always go for round)
  • Slash the top with a knife
  • Place on a floured baking tray


Basic Irish Soda Bread - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

  • Bake in the middle of your oven for about 30 minutes, or until it's golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow
  • Cool on a wire tray


This Irish Soda Bread is good enough to eat! - www.suzy-homemaker.co.ukThis Irish Soda Bread is good enough to eat! - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk


Hints ‘n’ Tips:

Waitrose buttermilk comes in a 282ml carton. In my experience, this recipe uses the lot. 

If you can’t find buttermilk, you can make your own by adding the juice of 1 lemon (or 1tbsp of the lazy stuff) to 250ml of milk.

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