Grandpa McAndrew's Irish Soda Bread

    55 min

    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!

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    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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    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