Irish Soda Bread Recipe

By March 27th, 2020News
Hambleton Bakery Head Chef Martin Sludds

If you are not fortunate enough to live close to one of our sister companies, Hambleton Bakery, then try making this super easy Irish Soda Bread at home.

Our head chef Martin Sludds has been baking this for friends and family. So, if you can get hold of the ingredients, do give it a go!

Irish Soda Bread is a dense, unleavened bread made with flour, buttermilk, salt and baking soda instead of yeast. The bread is filling and was introduced around the time of the Irish potato famine of 1845-1849.


  • 500g plain white flour
  • 500g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda
  • 800ml of buttermilk


  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Stir in the buttermilk
  • Knead and then cut into four round loaves and shape
  • Cook on gas mark 6 or 200 degrees celsius for 30 mins

To serve Irish soda bread, cut it into slices and serve it warm. Put out some room-temperature butter or citrus marmalade to spread over the slices with a knife. You can also serve Irish soda bread with a hearty stew and dip the bread in it.

While this particular bread can dry out quickly, it is best to store it tightly wrapped or in an air safe container to preserve it longer. You can store it wrapped for about 3-4 days or freeze it for up to 2-3 months.

Before baking, a cross is traditionally cut on the top of the soda bread loaf with a knife – often said to ward off the devil and to protect the household. Let’s hope this is the same for Covid-19.

Please share photos of your bread and let us know how you get on?