Irish soda bread rolls

This Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that does not require any yeast. Instead, all of its leavening comes from baking soda and buttermilk.

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Makes 6 Item
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Irish soda bread rolls
  • 3 cup (450g) plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) buttermilk
  • butter, to serve (optional)


Irish soda bread rolls
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 210°C or 190°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine flour, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and salt in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk until mixture forms a soft dough.
  • 2
    Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes. Using lightly floured hands, divide dough into 6 balls. Place on prepared tray 2cm apart and dust with flour. Use a sharp knife to score a square in top each roll.
  • 3
    Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown and rolls sound hollow when tapped. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with butter, if you like.


To freeze, wrap rolls individually in plastic wrap or freezer bags, and freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, remove plastic wrap, wrap in foil and place in an oven preheated to 20°C or 18°C fan for 10-12 mins, until warmed through. makes 6

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