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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.21 / 5 (242 votes)

Prep time:
10 min, plus 20 mins to rest
Cook time:
40 min
Makes 1 loaf

Paul Hollywood's soda bread is a great demonstration of the simple art of baking


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6, and line a baking tray with parchment.

2. Put the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and work in the butter. Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix well. Combine the mixture with your hands to make dough.

3. Flatten the dough out and cut a cross into the top, then place on the baking tray and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

4. Dust the dough lightly with flour and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Well!....I'm with the (what!!!! butter and egg in soda bread guys)....I make soda bread every sunday and its wholewheat and plain flour with a bit o bicarb and salt and skimmed milk with either lemon juice or vinegar for acidity. If i push the boat out i add some cheese or honey.....Just the best toast ever.

iainR50344 iainR50344  Posted 22 Feb 2015 9:18 AM

Dunno what that is, soda bread it aint...

LeoF61828 LeoF61828  Posted 29 Dec 2014 5:06 PM

Quite agree with the previous comments. Egg and baking powder indeed. The point of the recipe is that the acid in the buttermilk reacts with the bacarb and makes the gas. Baking powder would be used with another liquid.

IaninFrance IaninFrance  Posted 24 Nov 2013 10:11 AM

I make soda bread a lot, I have never included an egg in my ingredients or baking powder, it is soda bread so you should include bi-carbonate of soda.

Sally.Ann Sally.Ann Posted 04 May 2012 4:02 PM

it look yummy

dinorahP99009 dinorahP99009 Posted 28 Feb 2011 5:29 AM

I have not tried this recipe yet but in the 20 or so years I have been making soda bread I have never heard of an egg being added. The best recipe I have ever found and is now the only one I use is Rachel Allens Ballmaloe Soda Bread, it comes out pefect every time.

SarahN17575 SarahN17575 Posted 12 Mar 2010 12:06 PM

Doesnt soda bread require Baking Soda????

Calantha Calantha Posted 18 May 2008 12:27 PM