Brown Soda Bread

May 2, 2016 4 Comments

I love fresh bread (especially homemade) but have always been lazy about going to the effort of making it from scratch. I’m trying to get into the habit of baking some bread at least once a week and hoping the habit will stick when I’m busier.

This brown soda bread recipe is a favourite in our house at the moment. My mother used to make it occasionally when I was young. I’ve no idea where the original recipe came from, but it’s quick and easy to do, and pretty versatile so you don’t have to have an obscure ingredient to hand in order to make it.

You end up with a lovely brown soda bread that isn’t too heavy.


Makes 1 loaf

5 oz plain flour
7 oz wholemeal flour
1 tsp bread soda
½ tsp salt
½ tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp bran (optional)
½ tbsp wheatgerm (optional)
½ pint buttermilk (or ½ pint milk with 1 ½ tbsp of cream of tartar)



Mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Stir in the milk and mix well. The mixture will be quite wet.


Pour into a greased loaf tin.

Cook at 200°C for 40 minutes.



Take out of the oven.

When you tap the bottom of the loaf it should sound hollow.

Leave on a rack until the bread has cooled before slicing. It won’t last very long!