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How to make Irish brown soda bread

Irish Brown Soda Bread

A fantastic tasting and easy Irish Brown Soda bread. Make this for your family and friends and you will always put a smile on their face.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 7 people
Calories 256 kcal


  • 225 grams Brown Wholemeal Flour
  • 225 grams Plain White Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Bread Soda
  • 400 ml Buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 3

  2. In a large bowl add the wholemeal flour and then sift in the plain white flour and bread soda.

  3. Add salt into flour and make well in the center of the dry mix
  4. Pour in most of the buttermilk, keeping back a small amount

  5. Make a claw shape with the fingers of your hand and mix all ingredients in a circular motion until combined (alternatively use a wooden spoon).  You should end up with a sticky dough which is not too dry or too wet. If the mixture is too dry add the remaining buttermilk

  6. Clean your hands if using and turn your dough into a lightly buttered/oiled bread tin and press down with the back of your hand.

  7. Lightly brush the top of the bread with some buttermilk and top with rolled porridge oats or pinhead oatmeal if you wish.

  8. Bake in the center of your preheated oven for 45 mins. To check if done insert a skewer or knife to test. This should come out of the bread clean. If sticky put back in for another 5 mins then retest.

  9. When baked turn bread out onto a cooling rack upside down to keep a crispy crust. If you prefer a less crispy crust wrap the bread in a clean tea towel for a softer, chewier crust.

  10. Enjoy topped with delicious and creamy Irish butter while warm. You just can't beat that.

Recipe Notes

To make this bread a richer golden brown in colour and add a little bit of extra flavour add 2 tbsp of honey or treacle.

Allergens: Contains Gluten, Milk

This recipe is for 7 people.

Two slices of soda bread comes in at 256 kcal.