Thursday, 15 March 2012

L-B Irish Soda Bread

With St Patrick's Day just around the corner, I'm reposting one of the most popular recipes on my blog - soda bread. It's a brilliantly easy bread to make, even if you have arthritis. There is no proving or kneading required so you can knock it up in under an hour. Try adding raisins and walnuts for a sweet loaf or cheese and herbs for a lovely savoury bread.

If you don't eat gluten, have a look at my wheat free version and simply swap the oats for GF flour.

250g wholemeal flour
50g porridge oats
240ml of buttermilk (or low fat plain yoghurt and milk
1 heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp of brown sugar
Pinch of salt

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk and stir until everything is just combined.Don't overmix - the mixture should be a bit damp.Shape into a rough round and score a cross on the top. Bake at 35-45 mins at 160c. Remove from oven and leave to cool on wire rack for 20 minutes before slicing.


  1. Oh, how I love soda bread! I've copied your recipe and plan to try it soon. Just one question (and sorry if it's a dumb one)--what L-B mean?

    Love your blog, Kate. Thanks for sharing your cooking and nutritional expertise with us.

  2. That's great, let me know how it goes and thank you for the kind comments about the blog.

    The LB's are our lovely Irish relatives who kindly gave me the recipe - so it's proper, authentic soda bread!



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