Soda Bread

I love soda bread. It brings back memories of holidays in Ireland as a child, and my mother’s tales of damper bread in Australia. I had forgotten about making it till I moved to Scotland and watched my friend Marianne making it as easy as breathing.


  • 225 g/8 oz plain wholemeal flour
  • 115 g/4 oz self-raising flour
  • 1 good tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • salt
  • 15 g/½ oz margarine or butter
  • sour milk


Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt to taste together into a bowl. Tip in the bran left in the sieve. Rub in the fat, then add enough sour milk to make a dough.

Turn the dough on to a floured baking tray and shape it into a round. Slash a deep cross in the top. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas 6 for 20-25 minutes. Put a large cake tin over the top to help it rise.

Wrap the bread in a clean cloth as you remove it from the oven to prevent the crust becoming too thick and hard.