Irish Soda Bread

This traditional Irish Soda bread recipe is so lovely and a really easy one to make when you don’t have any bread in the house. Its fresh, hearty and lovely warm with butter for breakfast.

My favourite way to serve this delicious traditional Irish soda bread is with salted butter and a sliver of lovely Scottish smoked salmon. You could also serve it up with jam or pate for a lovely treat or double it up to make a sandwich.

I made this lovely Irish soda bread on a morning I didn’t have any bread in the bread bin and it was just perfect! It’s easy to make, there’s no waiting for any rising time and its so fresh when eaten just out of the oven. My favourite way to eat this lovely Irish Soda bread is with some fresh Scottish smoked salmon. Its the perfect family breakfast treat!

If you are enjoying the sound of this delicious Irish soda bread you may also enjoy some of my other recipes. I particularly love the Irish stew, its the perfect recipe to have in the colder months and the whole family really enjoys it.

The delicious Scottish potted trout recipe would also work really well served with this lovely fresh soda bread. You could also serve it up with some freshly made Scottish crowdie cheese or some smoked salmon pate. I love them both and they actually go really well together too.

Tips for making recipe:

  • The bread keeps really well for a few days and has a nice crust on it. It toasts well when it is starting to loose its fresh texture.
  • You could chop up any stale soda bread and fry in a little butter to make delicious croutons for soup.
  • This bread is traditionally made with buttermilk but if you don’t have that available you could try making it with thick yoghurt or thick kefir milk. Traditionally I believe stale thick curdled milk would also have been used.
  • Try using this bread to make delicious sandwiches or toasties.

Irish Soda Bread


  • 450 g Irish Soda Bread Flour Mix or wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 280 ml buttermilk
  • whole milk a little to mix
  • rolled oats a sprinkle to top loaf


  • Preheat the oven to 170c (fan oven).
  • Mix the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and sugar together.
  • Add in the buttermilk and mix through well.
  • Add in a little whole milk to form a nice bread dough. It should be fairly firm and dry enough to handle without sticking too much. If its too wet add in a little more flour to balance.
  • Form into a round ball and score a large cross right across the bread so it can be quartered easily after baking.
  • Bake for approx 50-60 minutes in the oven until nicely browned on the top and cooked right through well.

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