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How to Make Traditional Irish Fruit Soda Bread

How to Make Traditional Irish Fruit Soda Bread

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish family favourite: soda bread. This fruity, spicy loaf will make your mouths water and your home smell inviting – perfect for if you have guests coming round to join the celebrations! Soda bread is delicious served fresh from the oven with a layer of rich butter. What’s more, it’s quick to make and doesn’t requiring proving because of the bicarbonate of soda!

Prep & Cooking Time: approx. 1 hour and 5 minutes

  • Serves 8


  • 50g of Sultanas
  • 50g of Raisins
  • 50g of Dates (stones removed and finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp of Mixed Peel
  • 3 - 4 tbsp of Demerara Sugar
  • 450ml of Buttermilk
  • 1 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 ½ tsp of Mixed Spice
  • 100g of Caster Sugar
  • 200g of Plain Wholemeal Flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 200g of Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 100g of Rolled Porridge Oats
  • 25g of Butter (diced)


  • Food Processor
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Butter Knife
  • Baking Sheet
  • Sharp Knife

METHOD: Traditional Irish Soda Bread

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan or gas mark 6). In a food processor, whizz together the butter and oats until you have a breadcrumb type consistency. Transfer into a mixing bowl and stir in both flours, the caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, salt, raisins, sultanas, dates, and mixed peel.
  2. Pour the buttermilk over the dry ingredients and quickly stir together with a butter knife. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and form into a ball.
  3. Dust a baking sheet with flour and place the dough onto it. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and then press into the dough. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross over the top – this will produce a traditional round loaf shape.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, until crusty on the outside. Leave to cool slightly before eating with a layer of butter and a dollop of jam!
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