Rachel's Traditional Irish Soda Bread

March 12, 2012
0 Ratings
Photo by Rachel Gaffney
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Makes 1 Loaf
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

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Pre heat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9” Loaf Pan with Parchment Paper. If you prefer you can always make the traditional round loaf by placing on a pizza stone or baking sheet (make sure sheet has parchment)
  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. Mix well with a wooden spoon and you may add more buttermilk if you wish. It should not be too dry.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan If you are making the traditional round loaf, lightly 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 from oven and make sure to remove bread from loaf tin/baking sheet or pizza stone and place on a wire cooling rack.

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2 Reviews

Joan A. February 11, 2013
I have made your recipe Rachel, many times. Love!
SandyBon March 19, 2012
I made this for St. Patrick's Day dinner and it was perfect! Tasted and looked exactly like the soda bread in the pubs we went to in Ireland. I served it with Irish cheese and butter and the loaf was gone in no time.