Monicas Brown Soda Bread

I have been baking this bread for many many years and was given to me from my mother-in-law Monica.  Super easy and quick to pull together, I often make two loaves, one for the freezer as it freezes well if wrapped correctly. It’s at its best served with homemade coleslaw, butter and REAL ham!

Can be easily adapted to a white or a fruit soda bread. For a white soda bread- just use all white flour and add 3 tbs sugar. If you want a fruit soda just add  as much fruit as you like.

Serves: Serves 6-8
Prep Time: mins
Cook Time: Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 45 mins - 1 hour


  • 10oz wholemeal flour
  • 6oz cream flour
  • 1/2 pint buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp breadsoda



  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Mix should be quite wet.
  2. Shape into a round and cross the top or place into a lined loaf tin.
  3. Brush the top with a little milk and bake 45 mins to 1 hour in a 150 degree fan oven.
  4. When cooked, remove from tin (if using) and wrap in a clean dry tea towel.
  5. Serve with lots of Irish butter!

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Amanda Lucas

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