Tuesday, 11 March 2014

St Patrick's Day Soda Bread - inspired by Ballymaloe

I love, love, love making soda bread.  I think it's somewhere in my genes, something that my grandmothers and my great grandmothers would have baked.  Additionally it's a firm favourite with my husband, he remembers the soda breads of his childhood, baked by his mother and grandmother, or bought at the local 'home' bakery, little more then a front room full of the most tempting fresh baked delights.

At Ballymaloe House there was soda bread with breakfast, a delicious way to start the day, and a reminder to me to try a new version when I returned home.

I bake soda bread regularly, usually using a combination of  wholemeal, buckwheat and spelt flours, to produce a wonderful loaf that is the perfect accompaniment to seafood, fish and cheeses.  Once in a while it's fun to make a sweet loaf, and this loaf is full of cookie ingredients.

"Cookie" Soda Bread

500g plain white flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp salt
a handful of :- pecan nuts (roughly chopped)
                    :- chocolate chunks (I used Granada Chocolate)
                    :- raisins
1/2 tsp Ndali vanilla powder

Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir in  enough buttermilk to make a firm dough.

Place on a floured baking sheet and form into a domed loaf.

Cut a cross through the loaf, and mark each corner with the prongs of a fork.

Bake in a hot oven (about 200degrees) for 3/4 hour.

Do check your loaf, as ovens vary.

I'll be making this soda bread for tea on St Patrick's Day.

Fruit, chocolate and nuts - in a loaf!

You can find Grenada chocolate at Rococo Chocolate
or Waitrose

This loaf takes moments to mix

And no proving, so once it's ready

It can go straight into a hot oven

A delicious tea-time treat

Scrumptious when straight out of the oven


  1. what a lovely, simple recipe and I adore the addition of the choc and nuts and raisins... I can smell this loaf now!

  2. There is nothing better than a loaf of fresh soda bread and I love your cookie dough additions. The crust on soda bread os just amazing and your loaf looks perfect, even better spread with loads of butter!

  3. I am making this tonight - that's it!


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