Irish Bannock

    55 min

    A tasty loaf similar to a scone. Perfect for weekend breakfasts or as an afternoon pick-me-up with tea or coffee.

    90 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 250g plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 225 ml buttermilk
    • 100g currants

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C / gas mark 5.
    2. Combine flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Rub butter into flour mixture. Add buttermilk until dough is soft. Stir in currants.
    3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth. Form dough into a 18cm round. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross in the top of the loaf. This allows the loaf to expand.
    4. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

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    Reviews in English (62)


    A nice, simple soda bread that is moist and has good flavor. I used my food processor to cut the butter into the flour mixture and then mixed the buttermilk in. I removed the dough from the food processor and kneaded the raisins into the dough. Super easy and great with a cup of tea.  -  12 Mar 2012


    So simple and yet so incredibly delicious! Perfect with Irish Breakfast Tea! This is definitely scone-like and great warm out of the oven with a bit of butter! Since I like things a bit sweeter, I used 1/4 cup of sugar. I froze my butter and used a cheese grater to "grate" it in to the flour mixture. I also used raisins instead of currants. Buttermilk is great for baking as it always makes things very moist. I used a whole cup and had no trouble with kneading. I formed the dough into a 7 inch round and placed it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I did an egg wash over top and it baked up nice and brown. This is such a simple recipe that produces such great results. I think you could simplify it even more and just use 2 cups of self-rising flour along with the sugar, butter, buttermilk and raisins....  -  11 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I've made it twice - love it a little more moist. I added the whole cup of buttermilk (maybe plus a little more), which makes a wet dough. Can't be kneaded. I just dumped it out onto the greased cookie sheet, shaped it into a 7" round, & baked it. Much better that way . . . moist & yummy.  -  15 Mar 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)