Mary’s Classic Soda Bread

Catherine Fulvio, A Taste of Ireland


Mary’s Classic Soda Bread

Servings 1 round loaf


  • 8 oz flour
  • 8 oz wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp molasses or treacle
  • 1 1/2 oz butter, melted plus extra to brush
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 13 1/2 fl oz buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/390°F/ fan 350°F/gas 6. Brush a 30fl oz Pyrex bowl with melted butter.
  • Place the flours and salt into a large bowl. Sift in the baking soda and mix well. Add in the molasses, melted butter, and egg and pour in most of the buttermilk. Mix to form a soft dough adding in more buttermilk as needed. Transfer into the prepared Pyrex bowl.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. To check that the loaf is cooked, tap the base – it should sound hollow.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack. If you want a soft crust, cover with a damp tea towel.