Basic Brown Soda Bread

There is something about baking my own bread that I just love. I’m not amazing at it by any stretch of the imagination but I CAN make edible bread. I’m always looking at different bread recipes and I have blogged bread recipes before (here, here and here) they’re always great and they’re always my favourite. Yep, all of them!

Basic Brown Soda Bread

Soda bread is super easy to make. Dare I say foolproof! It only needs a few ingredients, so you can have this weighed, mixed and baked in less than an hour. My kids love this bread for lunch and I love it because I know exactly what has gone into it.

Fancy giving this bread a try? Here’s the recipe 🙂


225g wholemeal flour

225g plain flour

1 tsp bread soda (bicarbonate of soda)

1/2 tsp salt

350-400ml buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 190c.

Prepare a baking tray (I usually sprinkle a non stick tray with a little flour)

Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and gently mix together.

Slowly add the buttermilk, a little at a time.

Mix until the dough comes together, the dough will be a little wet so don’t panic, you haven’t done anything wrong!

Sprinkle a little flour over it so that you can shape it into a round for the purpose of baking.

Place on the pre-prepared tray.

With a sharp knife, slice a cross shape on the top (see photo)

Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.

When cooked, place on a wire rack to cool. Wrap in a clean tea towel while still hot if you want a softer crust.


  1. Ann says:

    This tip was given on TV years ago by the ‘Odlums Lady’.
    Put the bread onto a hot,a yes hot, baking tray. Have the tray heating in the oven. Time is of the essence! When the bread is ready for the oven; remove tray and sprinkle with flour plop bread onto the tray make the sign of the cross – on the bread! And straight into the oven. I use the lid of the grill to hold the hot baking tray; to be close to the oven. Hot utensils and Bread Soda should be sworn enemies, but this works! It produces a really lovely crust.

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