Traditional Brown Soda Bread

  • Author: Stacey Roberts | Veggie Mama
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Irish


Once you make this loaf, you won’t ever be able to forget it!



  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 200g plain white flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 350ml buttermilk (you may need more or less, depending)
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours and bicarb.
  3. In a small bowl or jug, beat the egg with the buttermilk and honey until combined.
  4. Add to the flour mix and stir until it comes together to form a dough. You may need a little extra buttermilk here, it should be quite soft.
  5. Form into a round loaf and place on a tray. Cut a cross into the top of the dough (to let the fairies out, of course!)
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  7. Remove from the heat and wrap in a clean tea towel to prevent the crust from getting too hard.


Based on the Bord Bira recipe.

Keywords: brown bread, Irish brown bread, brown soda bread, Irish soda bread, Irish wheaten bread, wheaten soda bread, traditional wheaten soda bread,