Quick and Easy Traditional Recipe for Soda Bread

traditional recipe for soda bread

This recipe for Soda Bread comes from my Mum and is a firm favourite with everyone in the family. Although she makes it by eye, so no weighing scales are involved, I have given all the measurements. It is so quick and easy to make that you will wonder why you ever bought bread! Serve it with just butter or butter and jam or add a twist with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

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Ingredients for Soda Bread

  • 454g /1lbs /3.5 to 4 cups Plain Flour
  • 1 level teaspoon bread soda
  • 284g /10oz /1.25 cups margarine or butter (cold)
  • 1 level teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 296ml /10floz /1.25 cups butter milk or regular milk with an egg
  • Pinch of salt


  • 57g/ 2oz / handful raisins/currants or mixed dried fruit
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

traditional soda bread recipe kneading dough


  1. Heat over to 200°C / 400°F / gas 6.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together (except fruit if you are using).
  3. Cut margarine/butter into cubes and add to dry ingredients.
  4. Rub together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  5. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk/milk+egg and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add your dried fruit at this time
  7. When the ingredients are all combined place the dough on a floured surface and knead. If the mixture is wet, you can add more flour at this stage.
  8. Shape into a round.
  9. Place the dough in a round, floured baking tin and cut a cross into the top going right out to the edges of each side.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for approx 45 minutes.
  11. Remove after 45 minutes and tap the base, if it sounds hollow the bread is ready, if not place it back in the over for 5 more minutes.
  12. If you and the family can resist, wrap in a clean cloth and set aside until cooled.

Once cooled, slice and serve with butter and jam, smoked salmon and cream cheese with a squeeze of lemon juice or your favourite sandwich topping. The bread will last 2 to 3 days in a sealed tin.

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