Autumn spiced brown soda Bread

Hey lovelies, 

I’m delighted to be teaming up with The Little Mill Company which is an Irish Mill homed in Co Kilkenny.

In The Little Mill’s very own words they say:

“For hundreds of years our ancestors have been milling locally grown wheat, here on the banks of the River Nore near Kilkenny; that for many is the home of the best in Irish food.”

Generations of Irish milling know-how, a passion for good food and a love of baking, are what goes into all The Little Mill products. 

They offer traditionally milled flours made with locally grown Irish wheat and brilliant baking mixes, made with that same great flour. The range includes Plain Wholemeal Flour, Wholemeal Spelt Flour, Strong Seeded Wholemeal Flour, Scone Mix, Brownie Mix and Irish Soda Bread Mix – so, whether you bake at home or you are a professional baker or chef, The Little Mill has all you need to create the best bread, cakes, bakes, scones and much more.

Today, virtually all their wheat comes from one of three farms, none of them further than 20km from their mill and the grain is milled in the same traditional way that their forebears did. 

The result is flour that has a wonderfully unique flavour and that contains no additives or preservatives.

I Absolutely love supporting Irish business, you can honestly taste the quality, passion, love and know-how that has gone into “The Little Mill” Plain Wholemeal flour in every bite, which is the flour that I’ve used for this particular recipe. 

The traditional Irish Flours and Mixes are available to buy at selected Dunnes and SuperValu stores or online at

You can also follow The Little Mill on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


Autumn Spiced soda bread 


  • 50g unsalted butter diced
  • 150g Little Mill Plain Plur (this comes in a larger 12.5kg bag on their webshop)
  • 250g Little Mill Plain Wholemeal Flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 15g soft dark brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 150g fruit mix
  • 300mls buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. 

Start by sifting The Little Mill plain plur and 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into a large Mixing bowl.

Sprinkle in The Little Mill plain wholemeal flour and add the unsalted diced butter.

Rub the butter into the mix with your fingertips, until you have a fine breadcrumb texture.

Stir in the mixed spice, fruit mix and the soft brown Sugar

Pour over the buttermilk and quickly stir with a wooden spoon 

Tip out onto a flour-dusted surface, flour your hands and gently bring the mixture together into a ball

Transfer to a flour-dusted baking sheet

Use a knife to score an x on the top and bake for 40 mins until it is crusty on the outside.  

Do not open the oven while it’s baking.

Check with a skewer and if it comes out clean that means it’s cooked leave to cool upside down in a damp tea towel.

Perfect served by the fire with a hot mug of tea.  

The Post is Sponsered by The Little Mill company.

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