Irish Soda Bread Recipe



  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 50g butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 150 – 175ml buttermilk
  • a little extra wholemeal flour is needed for dusting



  1. Heat the oven to 1900C/Gas5. Put all the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.


  1. Add the butter and rub it into the flour. Make a ‘well’ in the centre of the ingredients.


  1. Add sufficient (almost all) the buttermilk and, using a wooden spoon, mix quickly and lightly until a soft dough forms. Do not ‘over mix’ or the bread could become heavy, tough and chewy.


  1. Shape the dough into a round shape. Put it on a floured baking tray. Dust the top lightly with wholemeal flour.


  1. Mark a deep cross on the top of the dough.


  1. Bake 25 – 30 minutes until well risen and the bread sounds hollow when tapped underneath.