Irish Soda Bread

What comes to your mind when you are thinking of traditional Irish Food? Irish Stew? Irish Bread?

Don’t you just love the smell of stew that has been cooked for hours coming right out of the oven (or the slow cooker)? How about homemade bread to go along with it?

Back in the famine years there had been times in Ireland when all there was on the table was bread — often enough without Irish Stew. So this is going to be our recipe for today: Irish Soda Bread.

Irish Bread 2

The recipe calls for only a few ingredients: flour, buttermilk, salt and soda along with some honey and the egg. Some use all wholemeal flour, some use partially or only white flour.


  • 400g whole wheat flour*
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 350ml buttermilk


  1. Put flour, soda and salt into a bowl.
  2. Pour honey and whisked egg into buttermilk. Mix well.
  3. Slowly add buttermilk mixture to flour-mix; stir well. (Dough will be sticky. If it is too dry, add some more buttermilk, one spoon at a time.)
  4. Sprinkle a little flour onto the workplace. Place dough on it, knead a little, shaping it into a ball.
  5. Put doug on floured baking sheet. With a sharp knife cut a cross on top of it.
  6. Bake at 200°C (180°C fan) for 45-50 minutes.

*Alternatively you can use wholemeal flour instead. I have a grain mill at home so I’m using wheat grains most of the time.

About Carmen W. (Mirjam Fels)

I'm a help meet, homemaker, mom, and writer, born and raised in Germany, now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland. You can find me at where I’m writing about Life in Ireland and at where I'm posting about Christian homemaking. Additionally, using my pen name, Mirjam Fels, I'm running a small blog about writing and home education.
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