Joanna's Cookbook

Traditional Soda Bread

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Ingredients :

1lb Wholemeal Flour
1½ tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp of Salt
10 oz Buttermilk

Method :

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl.
Add the milk and mix to a smooth dough with your hands.
Place on a floured board, knead lightly and roll into a round shape.
Place on a greased baking sheet and cut a deep cross in the centre.
Bake at 220° C for about 40 minutes.


  • If you do not have buttermilk you can use sour milk or fresh milk soured with a little lemon juice or vinegar.
  • The bread should sound hollow when tapped. If the bottom seems under-done, turn it upside-down and bake for a few more minutes.
  • Wrap the freshly cooked bread in a clean tea towel as it cools. This helps to keep the crust soft.

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