How to Make Traditional Irish Soda Bread Brown

Updated on February 25, 2018
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Traditional Brown Bread
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Irish Soda Bread

This traditional soda bread recipe is quick and easy to make.

There are step by step instructions with videos and photos.

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Brown Irish Soda Bread Recipe


  • 450 grams of wholemeal flour
  • 350 ml of Buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • A teaspoon of bread soda
  • Half a teaspoon of salt

Optional Toppings

  • Sesame seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Caraway seeds

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Getting Everything Ready

Grease the Baking Tins
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Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C, 400 degrees F or Gas Mark 6

Take out three medium sized cake tins and add some grease around the edges using oil or margarine

Mixing the Flour


  1. Add the wholemeal flour to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add in the bread soda and salt, and mix together.
  3. Crack the egg into a smaller bowl, and stir in a little buttermilk.
  4. Add this to the flour with most of the buttermilk, and stir in well.
  5. Make sure there are no dry bits in the mixture.
  6. Stir until all is evenly mixed and the dough is of a sticky consistency.
  7. If it is too dry, mix in some more buttermilk.

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Making Brown Bread Recipe
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  1. Using a large spoon, fill the tins with the bread mixture up to three-quarters full.
  2. Use a large spoon dipped in some water to smooth the top of the bread mixture.
  3. Add toppings such as sesame seeds or poppy seeds to the top of each cake tin.

Brown Bread Mix
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Getting the Loaf in the Oven

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Cooking Brown Bread

  1. Place in the oven, and cook for approximately 50 to 60 minutes.
  2. Test they are ready by inserting a knife into one of them. If it comes out dry, then they are cooked. If it is slightly wet, then cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Take out the tray and leave for 5 minutes before you remove the bread.
  4. Leave to cool down before eating.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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Bread Soda

Alternative Names for Bread Soda

Baking soda, bread soda, and bicarbonate of soda are different names for the same thing.

In Australia, the term bicarbonate of soda is mostly used.

In America, it is referred to as baking soda.

In Britain, it is called bicarbonate of soda.

In Ireland, we refer to it both as bread soda or bicarbonate of soda.

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