Irish Soda Bread aka Brown Bread

This bread is dense, it will not be light and fluffy.


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (do not use self-rising as it already contains baking powder and salt)
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 oz or 1 big tbsp butter


Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees.

Step 2 – In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.

Step 3 – Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine crumbs

Step 4 – Make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk to form a coarse, stiff dough.

Step 5 – Place on a floured surface and lightly kneed (2-3 times). Shape into a round loaf.

Step 6 – Put on a baking sheet and lightly dust with flour. Cut a fairly deep cross on the top.

Step 7 – Bake for 25-30 minutes until it has a browned crust.

Enjoy this bread with a bowl of Irish Potato Soup.

Note: this bread only lasts for 1 to 2 days.  Eat as soon as possible.