Sweet Irish Soda Bread

There’s something comforting about walking into a home with the sweet smell of fresh soda bread baking in the oven. Since I left home, I have been craving certain Irish foods that I used to take for granted at home. Over the next few months I will be featuring several Irish dishes and sides. Today, it’s Sweet Soda Bread.



1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

2 tablespoons butter (kerrygold if you can get it!)

1 egg

1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Chopped almonds (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 420ºF / 220ºC
  • In a large bowl, mix the wholewheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, and light brown sugar (dry mix)
  • Crumble in the butter, squeezing between your fingers in a pinching motion until all the butter is dissolved and the dry mix resembles breadcrumbs
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry mix
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, honey and buttermilk (wet mix)
  • Add about 3/4 of the wet mix to the dry mix, and then using your hand (in an open, claw shape), begin folding the mix together. Add more of the wet mix in small parts if necessary – the dough should be soft but not overly sticky
  • Add a little flour to a work surface and kneed until the mix all comes together in a round shape, a little higher in the centre than the outsides
  • Cut a deep cross in the centre and place onto a baking tray sprinkled with a little flour
  • Sprinkle on chopped almonds to the top if desired
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the heat down to 400ºF / 200ºC and cook for a further 25 – 30 minutes
  • Take the soda bread from the oven and tap the bottom – it should sound slightly hollow when its fully cooked

And that’s it, Irish Soda Bread!


Tá sé blasta! (Its delicious!)




Love, Laura