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It’s been a long, long time since I featured a recipe in one of our blog posts, but I just had to share this one. It was the first time that I’d made an Irish soda bread loaf and couldn’t believe how quick & easy it was!

home-made Irish soda bread with slice removed

Irish Soda Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Irish Soda Bread


  • 225g/8oz/2 cups unbleached plain (all purpose flour)
  • 225g/8oz/2 cups wholemeal (wholewheat) flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2tsp cream of tartar
  • 40g/1½oz/3tbsp butter or lard (shortening)
  • 1tsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • 350-375ml/12-13fl oz/1½-1¾ cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas mark 5. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour & salt into a large bowl
  2. Add the bicarbonate of soda & cream of tartar, then rub in the butter or lard. Stir in the sugar
  3. Pour in sufficient buttermilk to mix to a soft dough. Do not over-mix or the bread will be heavy & tough. Shape into a round on a lightly floured surface
  4. Place on the prepared baking sheet and mark a cross using a sharp knife, cutting deep into the dough
  5. Dust lightly with wholemeal flour and bake for 35-45 minutes or until well risen and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Serve warm

'Bread' cookery book by Christine Ingram & Jennie Shapter

I had a slice straight out of the oven, slathered with butter, topped with a fried egg, sprinkled with salt & cracked black pepper – delicious! It’s sure to become a regular H is for Home kitchen favourite!

The recipe above was taken from Bread by Christine Ingram & Jennie Shapter