Irish Soda Bread



1 loaf

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 2/3 cups buttermilk


Sift together all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in whole wheat flour, mixing well. Add buttermilk, stirring until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead about 5 minutes. Shape dough into a round loaf; place on a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross 1/4-inch deep on top of loaf; lightly sprinkle cross with flour.

Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on wire rack.