Soda Bread

Preparation info

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Appears in

The Times Calendar Cookbook

By Katie Stewart

Published 1977

  • About

Soda bread is surprisingly quick to make. Buy the buttermilk required from a supermarket or health food shop.


  • 450 g/1 lb plain flour
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 level teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 25 g/1 oz butter or lard
  • 3 dl/½ pint buttermilk


    Sift the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar into a large basin. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre and stir in the buttermilk.

    Turn out and knead lightly on a floured surface. Shape quickly into a round loaf, about 5 cm (2 in) thick. Place on a floured baking sheet and score the top lightly three times with a sharp knife. Place in the centre of a moderately hot oven (200 °C., 400 °F., Gas Mark 6) and bake for 35–40 minutes or until well risen and brown. Leave until cold. Serve sliced with butter.