Paul Hollywood’s Irish Soda Bread

There’s nothing better than fresh bread and if you don’t want to bother with the effort of making a yeasted bread, this recipe is a great alternative. It takes longer to preheat your oven then it does to make the bread. Your final product results in the perfect bread for a little bit of butter and jam!!

Paul Hollywood's Irish Soda Bread


  • 500 grams, all-purpose white flour
  • 500 grams, whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 quart buttermilk (32 ounces)
  • extra flour for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the two types of flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the buttermilk and mix until a sticky dough forms.
  4. Lightly flour a work surface and tip the dough onto it.
  5. Gently roll and fold the dough a couple of times to bring the mixture together. If the mixture is still too wet, add a little flour until it just comes together. Do not knead.
  6. Shape the dough into two round balls.
  7. Flatten each ball of dough gently with your hand. Score the dough with a deep cross dividing it into quarters. Dust the bread with flour.
  8. Place onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 45 minutes at 400F. The loaves should be golden-brown.
  9. Leave to cool on a wire rack. This is best eaten on the day of baking.


  • If you live up at elevation like we do, add 5ºF to your oven temperature.

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