Simple Soda Bread Recipe

Simple Soda Bread Recipe

Baking your own loaf is such a rewarding, therapeutic, tactile thing and you’ll be so proud of yourself once you’ve cracked this Simple Soda Bread Recipe

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 10 Sep '15

This article originally appeared in the latest September issue of Foodie: Cooking with Jamie Oliver. Read it here!

Serves: 8 to 10 

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour


  • 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 50g pinhead oatmeal
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 300ml tub buttermilk

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  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Lightly dust a baking tray with flour.
  2. Mix together the flour, pinhead oatmeal, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and the buttermilk.
  4. Using a fork, slowly add the egg mixture to the flour and use your hands to pat and pull it into a soft, sticky dough.
  5. Shape the dough into a round ball and place it onto the floured baking tray. Flatten the dough slightly into a disc roughly 6 to 7cm thick.
  6. Score a cross into the top of the bread with the blunt edge of a knife and place the tray on the middle shelf of the hot oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden and a firm crust has formed
  7. To check if it’s done, tap the bottom – if it sounds hollow it’s ready, if not cook for a little longer. Place on a wire cooling rack to cool before slicing.



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