My Homemade Brown Soda Bread

IMAG0992 A few people have asked me for this recipe over the years and I have always found it difficult to give it to them; Not because I don’t want to share the recipe, but because I feel that bread is something that cannot be measured in exact quantities. Bread is all about feeling. The mixture cannot be too wet or the crust will be too crispy, too dry and the crust will be too soft!

So, I have tried to measure quantities for you. I hope that your bread will be a success and you enjoy making it and eating it 🙂


400 g coarse wholemeal flour

200 g plain white flour

50 g wheatgerm

50 g linseeds

25 g  sesame seeds

1 tbsp unrefined caster sugar

1 tsp maldon salt (or any type of salt really)

1 level tsp bread soda

1 level tsp baking powder

350 ml buttermilk

25 g butter

Pre heat the oven to 150 C

Place the wholemeal flour and salt into a large bowl. Sieve the other ingredients in and mix together.

Measure your buttermilk and add the egg and beat both the buttermilk and egg mixture together.

Make a little well in the centre of the flour mix and pour almost all of the wet mix in. Mix together with your hand. If you feel you require more butter milk just add it a little at a time. Remember its all about the feeling!!

This bread can be baked in a buttered loaf tin or alternatively, shape into a round loaf as I have done here and cut a cross down the centre.

Bake for 45 minutes, but check with a skewer or knife to make sure it is cooked.

Bake it in the middle tray of your oven and once out of the oven, wrap in a clean towel and turn upside down!

Enjoy 🙂


My Nana’s White Soda Bread

IMAG0989 I adore this bread, and even though it is white, I think I justify eating it because it is homemade and not sooooo high in sugar! My Nana was a wonderful baker and cook, and everyone loved her white soda bread. My Mum gave me this recipe and I have adapted it a little as I use spelt flour instead of wheat. This recipe is extra precious as my Nana is no longer with us…


500g Spelt Flour

1 tsp salt

1 level tsp bread soda

1 heaped tsp caster sugar

350ml – 400ml buttermilk

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and slowly add the buttermilk, mixing all the time with your hand. Alternatively you can use a dough hook but its not necessary as its really quick and easy and there is less washing up this way 😉

Bake in an oven pre heated to 150 C for around 35 – 40 minutes.

This bread is delicious alone, with butter. I love to use it for bruschetta, and we eat it with tomato and basil soup – alot!