Ciara,s tried and tested soda bread

The home cooks Ireland by one yummy mummy is a community of home cooks in Ireland.

Every day it is filled with some amazing tried and tested recipes from women (and a few men) all across the nation.

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Our stunning Ciara here is a wife and mother of 2 girls in cork and one of the 4 moderators of the group.

Her confidence in the kitchen growing by the day and over the past few weeks she’s been trying and testing out brown soda bread recipes at home.

So I wanted to share her successes with you guys

Everyone needs a good soda bread recipe in their lives and the two that are Ciara’s winners are both from Bord Bia. 

They are a brown soda bread and a cheese and oat bread 

Recipes like these are so good they are made be passed on a shared x

So put the kettle on and pop into our community of home cooks and let us know how you get on with them

Brown soda bread 


250g wholemeal flour
200g plain white flour
1 teaspoon of bread soda, sieved
1 teaspoon. salt
1 egg
350ml buttermilk, approx.
1 teaspoon. Honey

Optional Topping:
1 tablespoon. sesame seeds or pinhead porridge oats


Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F).

Mix the flour, bread soda and salt together in a bowl.  Combine the egg with the buttermilk and honey then mix into the flour.  Add a little more buttermilk if the mixture is dry – it should be a soft dough.  Then pour the lot into a lightly oiled loaf tin. Sprinkle the sesame seeds or porridge oats over the top of the loaf if using.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.  To know when it is cooked simply tap the bottom of the loaf – it will sound hollow when it is fully cooked. Remove from the tin and wrap in a clean tea towel while cooling.  This will keep the crust soft.

Cheese and Oat Bread


275g plain flour, plus extra for kneading
1 teaspoon salt
1 rounded teaspoon. bicarbonate of soda
250g stoneground wholemeal flour
25g porridge oats, plus extra for sprinkling
125g Farmhouse cheese, coarsely grated
Approximately 500ml buttermilk


Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 8, 230ºC 

Sift the plain flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir in the wholemeal flour, 25g of the oats and 75g of the grated cheese.

Make a well in the centre, add 450ml of the buttermilk and mix together to make a soft but not too sticky dough. Add a little more buttermilk or milk if the mixture seems a little dry.

Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead very lightly and briefly into a round. Flip the dough over and gently flatten it into a disc about 4cm thick.

Lightly dust a baking sheet with flour and place the dough on it and sprinkle over the remaining cheese and a few more oats. Then using a large, sharp knife, cut a large cross into the top of the loaf, almost all the way through the dough.

Bake the loaf on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 minutes. Then lower the oven temperature to Gas Mark 6, 200ºC and bake for a further 20-25 minutes, until it sounds hollow when you tap the base. Leave to cool before serving.

Thanks so much to Ciara for sharing her tried and tested brown bread recipes and stunning photos to the group x

Its all about recipes that are doable and workable at home in a real family kitchen

look up Bord Bai for more great Irish recipes

Jolene x x


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