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Playing Jason O'Mara's Irish Soda Bread


  • 2 cups white flour
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour ('Irish Style' flour- may require some shopping around) or whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt and/or sugar (optional)


Serves: 1 loaf


Preheat the oven to 400F. Place both flours and baking soda into a mixing bowl and stir it up. Make a crater in the middle and pour in half the buttermilk.

Using your hands (flour them first), turn the mixture over and gather it into a dough. Add the rest of the buttermilk and begin to knead the dough into a round, cake-like shape. Don't over-knead and don't take too long over it.

Place on a wooden cutting board and cut a large 'x' into the top surface.

Place into pre-heated oven on a baking sheet for about 30-35 minutes. When done, the bread should appear browned on top and the loaf should sound 'hollow' when you tap the bottom of it with your knuckle. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

To keep in moisture, keep covered with a cotton dish towel. Consider placing the loaf in a sealed plastic bag overnight to keep it fresh.

Delicious with jam in the mornings, with soup at lunch or with smoked salmon; the latter is commonly served as hors doevres at Irish parties. A little hunk of Ireland on your table!