Irish Soda Bread

written by Jeanette Smith 3rd May 2020

This recipe is the easiest recipe for bread, with the least amount of effort, that I think you will ever make.

Very few ingredients, very big taste.


  • 1 kg course stoneground wholemeal flour (you can use a mix of stoneground and plain if you prefer)
  • 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda (also known as bread soda)
  • 2 teaspoons of caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Buttermilk (up to 1litre)

Let’s cook!

In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients.

Stir in some buttermilk, and keep adding it until the mix is quite wet, but not runny.

Divide the mixture between 2 well greased 2lb loaf tins.

Cook in a hot oven 190 degrees/gas 8 for about 30 minutes.

When the bread is cooked it will have come away from the sides of the tin, it will also sound hollow if you tap its base.

Remove from tin straight away and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Easy peasy. Watch my video (I was very nervous) for visual instructions.

Today, I also made a fruit soda bread and double chocolate brownies.

Comment if you’d like me to put up the recipes or do a video.

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