Recipe: White Soda Bread

White Soda Bread
White Soda Bread

Ingredients;

340g plain flour
5g salt
5g bicarbonate of soda
290ml buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 200C.

Sieve the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and stir.

Make a well and pour in the buttermilk, then mix quickly to make a dough.

Place on a lightly floured surface and knead briefly, you almost want to treat the dough like it’s really hot when you’re kneading it, handling it as little as possible. Then form into a round and flatten slightly before placing it on a lightly floured baking sheet.

Cut a cross in the top with a sharp knife and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Cool on a wire rack.

5 thoughts on “Recipe: White Soda Bread”

  1. We called this Daddy’s Bread. Mammy made one cake of it everyday and 2 cakes of brown bread (wheaten). We found that Daddy’s Bread was best on the day it was made, so that was why she made only one cake of it at a time.

    1. Definitely at it’s best on the day it’s baked, but can be made into breadcrumbs and frozen, if it makes it through the day :)

      1. Yanks, apparently, and I’m pretty sure I saw a recipe for brown soda on the back of a bag of Odlum’s wholemeal flour too. I’ve heard of all kinds of daft things people make ‘soda bread’ with. I’ve even saw some recipes that didn’t even use baking soda! I mean, I can forgive people getting soda bread and spotted dog mixed up, but I can’t forgive putting in margarine, cream of tartar (er, that’s what the buttermilk’s for), eggs, yeast!, butter, cream, caraway seeds, pumpkin seeds, … sure, you can add these things to the recipe, but then it’s not soda bread.

        Also, here’s why Rachael Allen shouldn’t be allowed bake: http://www.rachelallen.co.uk/recipes_april09.html

        Here’s the real thing, done right: http://talideon.eu/dropbox/images/index.php/20110811_001.jpg

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