Rachel's Traditional Irish Soda Bread

By Rachel Gaffney
March 12, 2012
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Author Notes: Millions have come to know Irish Soda bread as the loaf with raisins & caraway seeds. This in fact is more of a cake than traditional Irish Soda Bread. Long ago we did not have raisins as these were a luxury, imported item. They were a sign of wealth.Original Soda Bread is simply made from wheat flour, buttermilk, baking soda & salt. We eat this a lot with soup in Ireland or served with smoked salmon and fresh lemon.Rachel Gaffney

Makes: 1 loaf

  • 3 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 3 teaspoons rolled oats
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola/sunflower oil
  1. Pre heat your oven to 375 degrees. You can use a floured pizza stone or 1lb loaf pan. If you use the loaf pan, make sure you lightly grease it for easy removal.
  2. In a large bowl, preferably a wide basin to make the mixing of the ingredients a lot easier, place all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Add the oil. Mix well with a wooden spoon and you may add more buttermilk if you wish. It should not be too dry.
  3. I usually make a round loaf of bread. Flour your hands then place the dough on the floured pizza stone. Using the tip of a 'SHARP' knife, make a cross in the bread. Sprinkle with some extra oats if you wish for a rustic look. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove and place on a wire cooling rack.

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