A really easy but also healthy recipe for traditional Irish Soda Bread or Brown Bread. No yeast, kneading or proving required!
With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner I thought there was no better time to share one of my most favourite recipes from back home in Ireland. On the whole there’s not that much difference between food here in the UK and in Ireland but one thing you cannot buy here is really good Soda Bread. Lucky for me I have the best and easiest recipe for making my own!
This Soda Bread recipe really couldn’t get much easier. There’s no yeast involved and the dough doesn’t need kneading or proving, so it’s perfect for those that are short on patience and time!
A lot of traditional soda bread recipes require buttermilk but that can be a tricky ingredient to get your hands on. My recipe instead uses yogurt which does exactly the same job with its live cultures. I like to use hazelnut yogurt as it gives the bread a mild nutty taste but plain yogurt is just fine too.
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- 200g / 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
- 150g / 1 1/4 cups plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- pinch of salt
- 280ml / 1 1/3 cups milk
- 125g / 1/2 cup yogurt (I used hazelnut but plain is fine too)
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- optional: sprinkling of oats
- Preheat the oven to 180c / 350f. Grease a loaf tin with butter or oil.
- Sieve the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl. Add in the wholemeal flour and mix well.
- Add the milk, yogurt and oil and stir with a table knife until all the ingredients are well combined but ensure not to over-mix the dough.
- Transfer the mixture into the greased loaf tine and use a sharp knife to score lengthways down the middle of the dough. Finally, this is optional but I like to add a sprinkling of oats to the top.
- Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove the bread from the tin and allow to cool completely on a rack.