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Traditional Brown Soda Bread

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 50-60 mins

Serves: 4-6

(33 votes, average: 3.39 out of 5)

Patrick’s Day is nearly here and we have been thinking about great traditional Irish recipes. Here’s one for brown soda bread, what is your favourite Irish recipe… we’d love to hear from you!  Traditional Brown Soda Bread!


300g (11ozs) Wholemeal flour

225g (8ozs) Self-raising flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 level teaspoon bread soda

50g (2 ozs) chopped walnuts (optional)

1 egg whisked with 570mls (1pint) Avonmore Butter milk

1 dessert spoon Golden Syrup (optional)



For this recipe the loaf tin used is  a (23cmx12.5cmx7.5cm).

Preheat the oven to 190°; 375° F; Gas 5. Adjust your settings for a fan oven.

Put all of the dry ingredients (including the nuts if using) in a bowl and mix. Stir the egg and
buttermilk into the dry ingredients to make a dough. Add the Golden Syrup and stir gently. Spoon into the tin and spread out. Dust with a little wholemeal flour. Bake in the oven until brown and cooked through. Remove and leave in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

When cold, cut & spread lavishly with butter & some Follain jam and enjoy with a steaming cup of Barry’s tea.

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