Taste Tested: Irish Brown Soda Bread

While we don’t tout the bread baking skillz of some of our previous team members (here’s looking at you Calantha!), we still dabble in the art now and again. A�This simple soda loaf will make a master of even the most humble bread baker.


I got this recipe from the mother of a friend on mine living in Shannon, County Clare. I had fallenA�in loveA�with the simple brown bread and butter folks ate in every town I visited. While I stillA�remember her telling me I’d have to make it at least 2 dozen times before I could ‘feel’ it was right, I’ve taken someA�libertiesA�to make it uniquely mine. In the years since she taught me to make this bread, I’ve made it at least that manyA�times… and finally, feel comfortable enough to switch things up!”


Recipe: Irish Brown Soda Bread

Once you get the hang of this super simple bread, feel free to mix it up! A�Change the flour types, add some dried fruit or roll the finished rounds in seeds even. A�I like to bake mine in a cast iron skillet for extra crunch, but a standard baking sheet + parchment combo works wonders too.


  • 2 cups Arva whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1/2 cup Ontario wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups Ontario buttermilkOptional: chopped sunflower seeds, dried currants, poppy seeds, sesame seeds


  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add buttermilk all at once and stir together with *clean* hands. Do not over mix!
  3. Once dough comes together, shape into rounds.
  4. Make two perpendicular cuts in top with sharp knife or kitchen shears. Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn�t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.
  6. Eat very fresh. This bread doesn’t keep, but it’s so simple I make it while my soup is simmering!

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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