Irish soda bread from Ballymaloe

irish soda bread
A quick and easy bread that’s is delicious served with cheese.
This always brings back memories of my trip to Ireland a few years ago. I was lucky to spend a night at Ballymaloe and have a private lesson with the chef on how to make soda bread.

Makes 1


430ml whole-wheat flour

430ml cake flour

5ml salt

5ml bicarbonate of soda

400-470ml buttermilk


Sift the dry ingredients into a large wide bowl. Make a well in the center and add most of the buttermilk. Hold your hand in an open claw shape and mix the dry ingredients into the buttermilk Add the remaining buttermilk if necessary until the mixture forms a soft ball. Do not knead. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and form gently into a round. Transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Mark a cross on the top. Bake at 200°C for 15 minutes then turn down the heat to 180°C and bake for another 30 minutes until the loaf has a nice brown colour and sounds hollow when tapped.

One thought on “Irish soda bread from Ballymaloe

  1. I have lots of fond memories of visiting grandparents in Ireland growing up… This is one of my absolute favorite recipes. Hard to duplicate the flavor of a loaf cooked with a turf fueled stove… Great recipe… Great memories!


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