Irish Soda Bread – Since 1840s To Today

The following is a traditional Irish recipe for Irish Soda Bread, enjoyed by the Irish since the 1840s. Enjoy!


  1. 250g plain white flour
  2. 250g plain wholemeal flour
  3. 100g porridge oats
  4. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 25g butter, cut in pieces
  7. 500ml buttermilk

How To Prepare and Bake Soda Bread

Put oven at 200C with 180 fan or gas 6 if you use gas. Take a baking sheet and dust this with flour. Take your dry ingredients and mix these in a bowl. Put the butter in the pan. Put in your buttermilk and mix this quickly with your table knife. Use your fingertips to bring the dough together. Make sure you handle the dough very gently. Take a 20 cm diameter round loaf pan and form the dough in the pan.

Put your loaf on your baking sheet and put a deep cross score in the top of the loaf. Bake this for 35 minutes until you get a hollow sound when you tap the bottom of your pan. If it’s still not ready then turn it upside down and bake this a few more minutes.

Transfer this to a wire rack and cover it with a clean tea towel which will give you a soft crush. Leave this to cool and then break it into quarters and cut these into wedges or just cut it across and enjoy it fresh.

About Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread can be traced back to 1840s. It’s made with the most basic and cheap ingredients. Most households cooked soda bread on a griddle on open turf fires almost daily and soda bread would have been a staple part of the Irish peasant diet. The bread is dense (not raised like white bread) with a hard crust and is still popular today in Ireland.

It’s usually served with real Irish butter, with other toppings such as jam, or cheddar cheese, of for dipping into a hearty Irish stew or Coddle. It’s a delicious simple healthy bread, that smells and tastes wonderful, and so simple to make there’s no reason you shouldn’t try baking it yourself!.