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Irish Soda Bread

Try this quick and easy Irish Soda Bread recipe, goes great with a hearty soup or try with serving with some honey mustard and smoked salmon!

Irish Soda Bread

5 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 500 grams whole wheat flour
  • 100 grams semolina flour (not semola)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 50 grams porridge oats
  • 25 grams sunflower seeds
  • 25 grams pumpkin seeds
  • 300 ml full fat milk (you can replace milk with water for a vegan version).
  • 450 ml water


  1. Mix the dry ingredients together well in a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture and pour the milk and water in the middle.
  3. Mix well until you have a nice wet dough.
  4. Turn the wet dough into a greased 9x5 inch bread tin (around 23x13cm).
  5. With a knife make a cross along the centre of the bread and poke the mixture six or 8 times around the edges.
  6. Sprinkle a handful of pumpkin and sunflower seeds along the top and softly press into the dough so that they stick and don't fall off when you turn out your cooked read.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes at 250 degrees Celsius
  8. Take the bread out and turn out of the tin, knock on the bottom with your knuckles and the bread is done you will hear a hollow sound. If not, bake for another 5 minutes.
  9. Turn the read out onto a wire tray to let it cool, don’t leave on a hard surface as the condensation from the heat of the bread will cause moisture on the bottom of the bread.
  10. Serve a nice hearty bowl of soup or simply with a piece of butter.


Make sure that you use semolina and not semola as the coarseness of semolina adds an extra crunch to the crust of your bread!

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