Traditional Brown Soda Bread


    • 250g wholemeal flour
    • 200g plain white flour
    • 1 teasp. bread soda, sieved
    • 1 teasp. salt
    • 1 egg
    • 350ml buttermilk, approx.
    • 1 teasp. Honey
      Optional Topping:
    • 1 tablesp. sesame seeds or pinhead porridge oats


Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F).

Mix the flour, bread soda and salt together in a bowl. 

Combine the egg with the buttermilk and honey then mix into the flour.  Add a little more buttermilk if the mixture is dry – it should be a soft dough. 

Pour the dough into a lightly oiled loaf tin.  Sprinkle the sesame seeds or porridge oats over the top of the loaf if using. 

Bake for 45-50 minutes.  To know when it is cooked simply tap the bottom of the loaf – it will sound hollow when it is fully cooked.

Remove from the tin and wrap in a clean tea towel while cooling.  This will keep the crust soft.