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Caraway Soda Bread

Caraway Soda Bread

This is an absolute classic recipe to have in your arsenal. Soda bread is one of the simplest bread to make as it relies on bread soda rather than yeast for its raising action. The caraway seeds really lift this bread and modernise it however it is also delicious without. Generally, Irish butter is the only accepted spread to slather on a lightly toasted slice.

Makes 2 loaves

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes


450g coarse brown flour
225g plain white flour
60g wheat germ
85g porridge oats
2 tsp bread soda
1 pinch salt
1 tspn caraway seeds (optional)
1l buttermilk
2 free range eggs
Optional: 2 tbspn additional porridge oats


  1. Preheat the range to 200C.
  2. Place your seeds in a dry pan and place on the hot plate. Swirl constantly; it should only take 2-3 minutes to release the aromas. Set aside to cool.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients, including the caraway seeds, in a large mixing bowls and stir until combined.
  4. In a measuring jug, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs.
  5. Make a well in the centre of your bowl and pour in the wet mixture. Stir until just combined.
  6. Grease your 2 x 2lb tins with flavourless oil, such as sunflower or vegetable, and pour the mixture equally between both tins.
  7. Sprinkle the tins with 1 tbspn of oats or seasame seeds.
  8. Place in the oven for 45 minutes. You can tell it’s done when a tap to the bottom of the loaf produces a hollow sound.