Irish Soda Bread, the original recipe by Granny Geraldine

When someone asks me about the typical food in Ireland, one of the firsts I think is for sure Soda Bread: soft, white, characteristic, I can’t find it anywhere else, so I feast on it when I can 🙂

I did more: I asked to Stevie’s grandmother the recipe so I can try to cook it by myself in Italy, and when she told me how to do I was surprised of how much it seems easy to make. Enjoy 😉

From a photo by Ben W Bell: “Ben W Bell Soda Bread Farl 05 June 2007” by w:en:User:Canterbury Tail – w:en:File:Ben W Bell Soda Bread Farl 05 June 2007.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –


– self-raising flour
– buttermilk (*)

  • Pour two cups of self-raising flour in a container and add the buttermilk until it becomes a mixture you can knead.
  • Knead until you have a big loaf, then cut it in little loafs (Granny Geraldine told me that with these doses she obtains four).
  • Heat up a griddle, throw some flour on it (so it doesn’t stick) and then put the loafs to cook.
  • The little loafs will raise; once they seem to be well-raised, turn them so they cook on the other side.
  • Wait until they have bread consistence and take them off the griddle. Let them cool down.

How to eat Soda Bread? I saw it prepared in two manners (other than in the Ulster Fry): toasted (in a pan or a toaster) and then buttered, or “raw” with butter and ham.

If you decide to try the recipe, don’t forget to let me know if you liked it 😉

(*) buttermilk is not available in Italy, but you can use “latticello”; you can easily find on Google how to make it.

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