Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Course: Baking, Breakfast and Brunch, Lunch, Soup and Light Dinners, Sides
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Anna Bloomfield
A quick loaf to make that will leave your kitchen smelling gorgeous. Great alongside soup, stew or on its own with a chunk of cheese.
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  • 300-350 ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 375 g wholemeal Flour
  • 125 g white Flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (sieved)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Flour for dusting


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200⁰C.
  • Stir the lemon juice into the milk and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl then add the honey and about 250ml of the milk mixture (which will look slightly lumpy – this is what you want). Stir together with a dinner knife until the dough comes together in a ball, adding more of the milk mixture if necessary.
  • Form the dough into a dome shape – I find it easiest to do this within the bowl.
  • Place the loaf onto a non-stick baking sheet, or baking paper dusted with flour. Dust the loaf with flour then cut a cross in its top using a large, very sharp, knife. Take care not to drag the dough as you do this. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 50 minutes to an hour until the crust is golden and the loaf sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Soda bread is traditionally cooled covered with a damp cloth which softens the crust slightly, so feel free to give this a go if you wish.


Serving: 107g | Calories: 231kcal (12%) | Carbohydrates: 44.6g (15%) | Protein: 8.5g (17%) | Fat: 1.9g (3%) | Saturated Fat: 0.5g (3%) | Cholesterol: 3mg (1%) | Sodium: 395mg (16%) | Potassium: 43mg (1%) | Fiber: 4.7g (19%) | Sugar: 4g (4%) | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg (1%) | Calcium: 50mg (5%) | Iron: 0.7mg (4%)

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