Aunty O’Valerie’s Irish Soda Bread

Especially for you for a Happy St.Patrick’s Day!

Aunty Val’s Irish Soda Bread

Aunty O’Valerie. (Not exactly as pictured)


This bread is a breeze to make and is an absolute must-have with homemade soups and stews. I recently served it warm from the oven alongside vegetarian chili to my visiting nieces and it was a hit. The girls eagerly tore into it – (girls after my own heart *sigh*) – and wisely preferred it to a store bought olive bread also on offer (no surprise to me. Ahem.).



This is one of my dear Aunty O’Valerie’s stand-by recipes and has become one of mine, too –  as have so many of her recipes. I offer it to you just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

2 c whole wheat flour

2 c white flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 c buttermilk

1 egg

1-2 Tbsp sugar

1/4 c oil (canola)

Sift dry ingredients together. Mix in wet. Shape dough into an oval on a greased baking sheet (the dough will be sticky so use flour on your hands). Slightly score the top. Bake at 300 degrees F for 1 hour in the middle of the oven.

This recipe can be successfully doubled – just be sure to use two baking sheets. 

Soda Bread (pretty much as pictured)

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I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.

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