Our weekend staple, Irish Soda Bread

It has become tradition in our household that at the end of every week I bake a loaf of Irish soda bread for the weekend. We love it toasted with jam and honey but it can also be eaten fried (an Irish thing I think given that my husband likes it this way).

As with all of my favourite recipes, it is quick and easy to prepare. I came across the recipe on the Sarah Battle's beautiful Home and Lifestyle Instagram account @housebythewhitethorns which is a must see.


  • 350g wholemeal flour

  • 50g plain flour

  • 2tsp baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • 50g oats

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 500ml buttermilk (or 500ml milk and 2 tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice to sour milk)


  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Prepare two pound loaf tin by lining with parchment paper

  • In a large bowl, add wholemeal flour

  • Sift plain flour, salt and baking soda, adding to the bowl

  • Add oats and mix dry ingredients

  • Whisk together eggs and oil in a jug

  • Add wet ingredients (eggs, oil, buttermilk and honey) to bowl and mix to combine. Note that the mixture should be quite sloppy

  • Pour mixture in to lined loaf tin

  • Sprinkle a handful of oats on the top

  • Bake for one hour, remove from the tin and bake for a further 20 minutes

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