Irish soda bread

Recipe category:
Suggested age:
Time required:
15-30 minutes
Serving number:
Skills developed:
Kneading, Mixing, Measuring, Baking

What you need for this recipe:


  • 170g plain flour
  • 170g self raising wholemeal flour
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 x 15ml spoon of lemon juice
  • 1 x 5ml spoon bicarbonate of soda


  • Weighing scales
  • sieve
  • large bowl
  • measuring spoon
  • measuring jug
  • fork
  • flour dredger
  • baking tray
  • knife
  • oven gloves
  • cooling rack


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or gas mark 6.
  2. Stir the lemon juice into the milk to make it curdle.
  3. Sieve both flours, and the bicarbonate of soda, into the large bowl. Tip in the bran from the sieve.
  4. Add the milk and mix everything together quickly to form a soft dough.
  5. Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly for a few moments to form a round, flattened ball.
  6. Place the dough onto a floured baking tray and score a cross on top of the dough.
  7. Carefully, place the bread into the hot oven, wearing oven gloves.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Wearing oven gloves, remove the bread from the oven, and place onto the cooling rack.

Something else to try:

Eat the bread while it is still warm, perhaps with soup.

Vary the flavour of the bread by adding dried fruit or seeds.


Kneading Mixing Measuring Baking Savoury 7-11 15-30 minutes 1