Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I thought for my first blog it might be a nice nod to generations past of my nana and her family, to begin with, an easy Irish soda bread recipe.

Unfortunately, I never did discover her exact recipe but I do recall the aroma she created every Saturday afternoon when she would begin the tradition of baking the bread for Sunday morning breakfast. A weekly treat I adored as a child.

However, the following easy Irish soda bread recipe is one I inherited and I have tweaked to my liking, it is simple and quick to make.


1 x Bowl, 1 x Lined Loaf Tin, measuring jug, wooden spoon & weighing scales


300g Wholemeal Flour

100g White Flour (any type)

25g Bran oats or Wheatgerm

½ tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp bread soda

Pinch of salt

Nob of butter (to line loaf tin – this helps to remove from tin when cooled)

1 x egg

50ml oil (any type)

200ml Buttermilk


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Combine all the dry and weighed ingredients into a bowl. Add the egg and mix with the wooden spoon.

Then add oil and mix. Slowly add the buttermilk and continue to bind.

The mixture should be of wet consistency.

Pour the finished mixture into the prepared lined loaf tin.

Cooking Time & Temperature

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Preheat oven 200°c / 400°F or Gas mark 6.

Place loaf tin into the middle part of the preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes.

Remove from oven after the allotted time and test the centre of the bread with a thin knife. If the knife is clean and not sticky then the bread is done. Do not remove from the tin until cooled.

Once cooled upend from the tin onto a wire rack or clean board.

Serving Suggestion

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This type of bread is suitable to serve at breakfast with real butter and marmalade or jam.

Alternatively, it would also work as an accompaniment to the soup at lunchtime or in the early afternoon with smoked salmon or pate.

This bread is best eaten within 3 days.

I hope you enjoyed this simple soda bread recipe, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below or any suggestions you might have.

4 thoughts on “Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe”

  • Wow this must be very tasty. Good recipe and easy to cook in the oven. 

    I see that the bread does not need to bake much so I think I will try your Irish bread recipe as I also like your Irish tea and coffee. 

    I would like to eat your bread with butter and marmalade.  

    I also know this kind of bread could be eaten with other dishes.

    • Hi Kozakiv thank you for visiting my post. 

      Yes, this is a very easy recipe to follow and you can enjoy a lovely slice of warm brown soda bread with your butter and marmalade in no time at all 😉

      You are right of course there are lots of options with which you can enjoy this bread…the list is endless! 

      Hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know what you think when you get to try it. 

      All the best, Olive 

  • I never thought making bread could be this simple. You only really need a basic oven?

    With many of the bakeries in my neighbourhood sacrificing quality for quantity and size of the bread, DIY bread seems attractive to explore. 

    Thanks for sharing your family recipe, you gave me something new to consider I think I will try this recipe.

    • Hi Faheem

      You are most welcome, you should definitely try it and maybe freeze some loaves so that you can have it anytime you wish, save you some money too 😉

      I’d love to hear your feedback when you’ve had a chance to try it. 

      All the best, Olive 

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