Grandpa McAndrew's Irish Soda Bread

Grandpa McAndrew's Irish Soda Bread


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About this recipe: My mum bugged grandpa for this recipe but he told her he didn't have one. So, when he made the bread one day she captured each ingredient in a bowl and measured it and put it in the bowl he planned to mix it in!


Serves: 8 

  • 375g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 70g sultanas
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a cast iron frying pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, bicarb and sugar. Toss the sultanas with the flour mixture until coated. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, buttermilk and melted margarine. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are absorbed. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few quick turns just to even out the dough. Handle the dough as little as possible. Pat into a flat circle, and place into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden.

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Reviews (6)


This is actually irish bannock bread which is basically soda with raisins and sultanas. - 15 Jun 2011


Thank you for this - Since finding this recipe I have made it at least a dozen times. I have added fennel seeds it's lovely when fresh and when it a few days old tastes great toasted! - 12 Feb 2012


Not the soda bread I know and love, which is savoury, but very nice in a fruit scone sort of way. This would go well with jam and it is dead easy to make. But I've got to be honest I was drawn to making it as I was searching for a soda bread recipe, and my surname's McAndrew..... so it had to be tried. - 13 Feb 2010

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