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Irish Soda Bread in Se7en Steps…

March 17th, 2009 · 19 Comments

So today is March 17 and as I mentioned yesterday it is the day the whole world becomes Irish. I thought it only fair to share an Irish recipe. Soda Bread it is… quick, yummy comfort food. This is good and what you are aiming for:


Meet The Players:


  • 400 g bread flour (you can use cake flour for a more scone like bread)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon castor sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarb
  • 300 ml of buttermilk

Play the Game:

Step 1: Put the flour into a large bowl.


Step 2: Add a teaspoon of salt, castor sugar and bicarbonate of soda. Stir it through.


Step 3: Make a well and pour the buttermilk into it.


Step 4: Stir it through until you have a dough, it shouldn’t be too sticky. If it is add a little more flour.


Step 5: Pop some loose flour into the bowl and form a ball of dough.


Step 6: Place your bread onto a baking tray and make a cross in the top for when it swells up during the cooking. Put it in a hot oven (220 degrees Celsius) for fifteen minutes. Then turn the oven down to 200 degrees for another fifteen to twenty minutes.


Step 7: It is ready when it sounds hollow when you knock it. Place it on a cooling rack and you are good to go.


That’s it you are done. Eat it plain, eat it with butter, jam, honey, whatever. This gets gobbled in an instant and it is so worth remembering to pop a tub of buttermilk into the shopping cart!

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JanMary, N Ireland // Mar 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Looks delicious – I blogged about soda bread today too.

    Happy St Patrick’s Day from N Ireland.

    I am having a St Patrick’s Day bloggy carnival this week – feel free to join in 🙂

    Can’t put my url in the form

  • 2 se7en // Mar 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Hi there, Thanks for coming by and commenting and not to mention noticing St. Patrick’s Day posts on the far side of the world!!! Well done on your carnival it looks fabulous!

  • 3 Stephanie // Mar 18, 2009 at 2:33 am

    It’s gorgeous!!
    I will definitely try it.
    :/ Maybe even soon! lol

  • 4 LollyChops // Mar 18, 2009 at 3:30 am

    I just so happen to have a massive tub of buttermilk in the fridge right this minute! Since I might be off work and crafting with my mom this Friday.. we might just have to make this for a lovely breakfast treat! Thanks for the inspiration and recipe! i am sure I can figure this one out!

    Big HUGS!

  • 5 se7en // Mar 18, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Hay LollyChops – You are commenting on my blog!!! How brilliant is that…

    Now I am nervous, I hope it works out for you!!! Really I do… I read somewhere yesterday in the flood of St.Patrick posts that if you want a crispy crust then leave it on the rack to cool and if you want a soft crust then wrap it in a tea towel… I am all for the under-estimated under-rated tea-towel, so I am going give that a try next time…

    Have a fabulous day! And thanks so much for visiting…

  • 6 se7en // Mar 18, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hi There S, My favorite Blogs are commenting on mine today – this will have to be the grand day in the world of blogs! Thanks So much for commenting… I hope your bread turns out well, I have never thought of real people actually trying out our recipes before!!! We think its yummy. No matter what the weather its always good.

    I totally loved your natural alphabet:

    Hope you guys have a great day together!

  • 7 Aunty K // Mar 19, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Loved your pics and recipe for Irish soda bread. If you find yourself without buttermilk in the house, I use regular milk and put 1 teaspoon white vinegar per 1 cup of milk….let it sit for 10 minutes or so and you have sour milk which works just like buttermilk in recipes. You can also use lemon juice, but I like the vinegar better. I’ve used this for years because I’m Dutch and cheap and also can never remember to put buttermilk in my cart at the grocery store.
    Love to all.

  • 8 se7en // Mar 19, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Hay Aunty K, You genius!!! How often do I forget buttermilk and then think I can’t make this… Now I’m in the clear and know what we are having for lunch today. I think I might pop a handful of grated cheese into before I bake it, like a giant cheese scone – hmmm yum. Thanks for a brilliant tip, you star. Wish you were here!

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