To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, our pro baker Sophie Carey shared her wonderful take on the Traditional Irish Soda Bread! Sophie made this with our YQ and Canadian Flours, but you can substitute the YQ for a Strong Wholegrain and the Canadian for AP Regen if preferred.

Did you know...?

Traditionally the Irish bake their loaves in a classic round fashion and cut a cross on top of the bread. This was done for superstitious reasons, and is still commonly done today, as it was believed that a cross on top of the bread would let the fairies out to ward off evil and protect the household!

  • Baker: Sophie Carey
  • Makes: 1 medium loaf of soda bread
  • Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
  • Bake time: 35 minutes
  • Flours used: YQ (or Strong Stoneground Wholegrain) & Canadian Strong White Flour (or AP Regen)


  1. Combine all dry ingredients
  2. Rub the fat into the flour
  3. Pour in the buttermilk and combine with a butterknife then knead until combined
  4. Shape into a round and place into a round pre-heated skillet
  5. Top with bran and score
  6. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees C for 35 minutes (fan 180 degrees C)
  7. Allow to cool on a wire rack, smear with butter, serve and enjoy!

*Top tip: Squeeze some fresh lemon into whole milk and leave for 5 mins to make quick and easy buttermilk

Looking for more St Patrick's Day inspiration? Checkout Sophie's Beef & Guinness Pie Recipe here now


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