Irish soda bread

No waiting for the dough to rise.

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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When you need bread in a hurry, Irish soda bread is the answer. Don't be tempted to replace the buttermilk with regular milk, as the lactic acid combined with the bi-carb will ensure the bread rises sufficiently.
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Irish soda bread
  • 2 1/2 cup (375g) white plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 2/3 cup (420g) wholemeal plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 3/4 cup (680ml) buttermilk, approximately


Irish soda bread
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease oven tray.
  • 2
    Sift flours, salt and soda into large bowl; add any wholemeal husks from the sieve to the bowl. Stir in enough of the buttermilk to mix to a firm dough.
  • 3
    Knead dough on floured surface until just smooth. Shape dough into 20cm (8-inch) round; place on tray.
  • 4
    Using sharp knife, cut 1cm-deep (½-inch) cross into top of dough. Bake about 50 minutes.
  • 5
    Turn bread, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool. Serve with butter and jam, if you like.

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