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Irish Soda Bread

We love this bread because it’s so easy to make and easily adaptable. We’ve had great success with gluten free flour, rye flour, spelt flour, whole meal flour, and good old-fashioned white flour. And the add-ons are virtually endless: seeds, nuts, cheese, fruit, sundried tomato, herbs, whatever you fancy. Irish Soda Bread is traditionally made with buttermilk, but we use milk and yogurt instead (or soya milk and soya yoghurt for our vegan friends).

Whether you're new to baking your own bread or want to learn more, we often offer  baking courses where you can improve your skills - and have lots of fun learning from our experts!

Sarah & Pat making bread

Irish Soda Bread

Dietary: Vegan and Gluten Free Options

Makes 2 small loaves or 8 rolls.


  • 500g flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 350ml milk or soya milk
  • 75ml plain yoghurt or soya yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp soft brown sugar

Cutting Soda bread


  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk, yoghurt and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and mix into a sticky dough.
  4. Tip onto a floured surface and portion into whatever size you want.
  5. Shape each portion into a ball and cut a deep cross in the top of each ball and dust with flour.
  6. Bake at 210C for 15-30 minutes (depending on size).


Soda bread dries out quickly so it’s best eaten warm straight from the oven.

Try your soda bread topped with delicious spreads like hummus, jam, cheese, or simply butter. We’ve recently served ours with:

Soda Bread Edited


Kim Harper on 9th May 2011 said:

Please could you tell me how I would adapt this for gluten-free and for making with rye flour?

Thank you

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Anonymous on 16th May 2011 said:

Hi Kim
we have made our soda bread with Doves Farm gluten free brown bread flour and it works, you need to add a bit more liquid and it is more crumbly. rye flour would work fine, but the loaf will be denser, good luck.

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demuths on 17th May 2011 said:

For gluten free, I recommend using one of Dove's Farm's gluten free flours, for example Gluten free white flour.  They also have a brown blend, too.  You could also check out this recipe for gluten-free irish soda bread by gluten-free goddess: Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread.

For a rye flour version, simply sub some of the flour for rye flour - I'd start with 1/3 rye, 2/3 white. But you could probably get away with half and half.  Kirsten did a lovely rye and caraway soda bread on her blog - a loaf that would be VERY tasty with some raisins: Irish Soda Bread with Rye and Caraway.

Hope this helps, let us know how it goes!

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Paula Graham on 4th Feb 2015 said:

Just made the Vegan version of your fabulous recipe. Can I freeze it?
Regards Paula

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Rachel on 4th Feb 2015 said:

Hi Paula
Yes it freezes very well and with soda bread I do recommend freezing any that you don’t want to eat on the day, as it does stale quicker than yeasted bread.

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