Basic Soda Bread

brown soda bread

Well it would appear I’m spending a lot of time comfort baking. Nothing complex, just simple, easy and items that will be well received. This week I’ve moved from rhubarb cake through to scones and ended up with a soda bread today. This ticked several boxes; it used up buttermilk that had hit its ‘best before’ date, it was very fast to make and it gave us fresh bread!

It was so simple I thought I’d share here.

All you need are:

  • 250g of bread flour
  • 250g wholewheat flour (I used a malted brown)
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bread soda
  • 500 ml buttermilk


Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180 for a fan oven).

Mix all the dry ingredients together, make a well in the middle and pour in the buttermilk. Using a blunt knife or something similar stir together until all the flour is incorporated. Now take the ball produced and shape it into an oval. Put it on a floured baking tray and score a cross on the top of the bread.

Now stick it in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Turn it over and give the bottom a tap. If it’s hollow then it’s ready. Otherwise turn it upside down and leave it in for a little longer.

Once it’s ready put on a cooling rack and cover with a tea towel so the crust doesn’t get too hard.


13 thoughts on “Basic Soda Bread

  1. I have been making a brown soda bread. Three kinds of flour, molasses or trickle, soda,
    salt, butter milk, raisins. It is so good. I believe I ate it at Parknsilla.
    Lorraine Barksdale

    Anyone interested?

  2. Looks lovely, if anyone doesn’t have buttermilk to hand you can use ordinary milk with vinegar added. Google it for details, it really works

  3. Baking gives me such pleasure. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Authentic Irish is much appreciated here in the States where I’m baking too! And knitting of course.

    Love your designs, Carol?

  4. Luscious soda bread! Thank you so much. I am also following your instructional video for short rows–while I eat a slice of bread! I think I might finally have gotten it (short rows)!

  5. Homemade bread is so nourishing, physically and emotionally. I have used this recipe for 40 years:
    175 g/6 oz wholemeal flour
    175 g/6 oz plain flour
    1 teaspoon each of salt and bread soda
    1 dessertsp brown sugar
    13 fl oz buttermilk
    Mix ingredients – it will look sloppy! Put in greased loaf tin and cook for 45/50 mins. at 230c/470f. Wrap in towel to cool.

  6. Love it Carol. Works every time. I’ve used baking soda for bread soda. Is that correct? We have baking soda or bicarbonate of soda down in England??? Sorry. Bit confused. Tks sooo much for sharing to this non- baker! 💗

  7. Thx for the recipe Carol, I made the bread yesterday and it’s a huge hit!

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