Use Your Loaf: Irish Soda Bread

I was a bit bored yesterday so I thought I’d turn my hand to baking and make this very simple yet decidedly tasty Irish soda bread loaf. Doesn’t it just look good enough to eat?

But what to munch with it? I figured I couldn’t really go wrong with toasting it with some goat’s cheese and scoffing it alongside some salad and balsamic vinegar. In a word, yum!

Here’s the recipe. Let’s break bread together.


– 400ml buttermilk

– 450g wholemeal flour

– 1 tsp salt

– 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda


– Mix the flour, salt and bicarb together and then make a well in the middle

– Gradually add the buttermilk

– Mix until it’s a soft dough but not sticky

– Knead for five minutes then form into a 20 cm round

– Knife a deep cross into the dough then bake for 30-35 mins.

Then stuff your face!

What an easy little recipe – perfect for your first foray into baking bread. So what else goes well with Irish soda bread? Let me in on your recipe ideas!


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