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This classic recipe is delicious and oh so simple, so get baking!


  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 150g wholemeal flour

  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tsp table salt

  • 1 tsp caster sugar

  • 450ml buttermilk


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6.

  • 2.

    Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the buttermilk and add the rest to the bowl, mixing lightly with a fork as you add it. (Be careful not to

  • 3.

    Overwork the dough but make sure all the dry ingredients are mixed in. Add the remaining buttermilk if necessary.)

  • 4.

    Tip the dough on to a floured work surface and knead gently for 30 seconds to combine. Do not overwork. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and dust with flour. Form the bread into a round,

  • 5.

    Place on the tray and flatten slightly. Use a serrated knife to cut a deep cross in the top of the loaf.

  • 6.

    Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30–35 minutes until the soda bread is golden on the outside and cooked through. A good way to check is by tapping the base – it should sound hollow

  • 7.

    When cooked.

  • 8.

    Cool on a wire rack before enjoying warm or cold.


Makes 1 loaf

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