Amazingly easy Irish soda bread

    1 hour 5 min

    A little melted butter and an egg add extra richness to a basic soda bread. Wrap in a tea towel while cooling if you prefer a softer crust.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 500g plain flour
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 110g butter, softened
    • 240ml buttermilk
    • 1 egg
    • For the glaze
    • 50g butter, melted
    • 4 tablespoons buttermilk

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C (gas mark 5). Lightly grease a large baking tray.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and butter. Stir in buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared tray.
    3. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 4 tablespoons buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

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    The list of ingredients states 225ml buttermilk. You then say "add 250ml buttermilk" I ask because my bread is delicious, but half the scone crumbles away. Can you clarify please?  -  04 Nov 2010


    I made it in a bread tin instead of shaping it into a round loaf. You need alot of flour in the bread tin to shop it sticking but it rose up and was just what i was looking for.  -  16 Mar 2010


    hi! thanks for the recipe, i would just like to add that as i am not that experienced at baking, a few pointers of consistency would have been great. but the end product was tasty indeed!  -  03 Dec 2009