Irish Soda Bread Recipe: Just Like Nan Makes ?

Simple, healthy, delicious… Sure what more could you want? 

One of Ireland’s most famous culinary exports, Soda Bread is as traditional as it gets when it comes to Irish cuisine. Soda Bread dates all the way back to the nineteenth century and the earliest recipe has been traced back to 1836. This quick bread was a favorite among the poorer Irish population as it only needed a few basic ingredients. It was also seen to be good luck as before baking, a cross was cut on the top to ward off evil and protect the household.

Soda Bread has remained a firm favorite in kitchens across the country to this day. If you’re looking for a a wholesome and hearty bread, then you simply cannot beat Soda Bread served straight from the oven with lashings of rich Irish butter!


  • 1lb [450g] self raising flour
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 dessertspoons sugar
  • 2oz [50g] butter/ margarine
  • 1 egg
  • l/½pt [250-300m] Milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
  2. Lightly dust a flat baking tray with flour.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  4. Add the sugar and mix well.
  5. Rub the butter/margarine into the dry mix until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  6. Add a beaten egg and milk to make a soft dough. Make sure it is not too wet or sticky.
  7. Turn your dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently, just enough to bring the dough together.
  8. Transfer your dough to the floured baking tray.
  9. Shape the dough into a round shape approx 1½”/ 4cm deep.
  10. Cut a cross on top.
  11. Bake for about 40 minutes until golden brown. You will know it is baked when the base produces a hollow sound upon tapping.
  12. Serve with lots and lots of yummy Irish butter!

Make Your Bake Great!

Add about 4oz [125g] Sultanas/ Raisins after mixing in the butter.

Serve in True Irish Style with Our Irish China Collection!

 Header Image Source: Homemaker, Pixabay

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