Edward Hayden's White Soda Bread

Edward Hayden’s White Soda Bread


Edward says; This bread is a really nice recipe for traditional white soda bread. It stays fresh for 3-4 days in your bread bin but also freezes quite successfully. You can change the flavour around to best suit yourself.



  • 1lb/450g plain white flour
  • 1 level teaspoon of bread soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 350ml buttermilk



Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas Mark 3

Grease a 2lb loaf tin.


Sieve the plain flour into a large mixing bowl.

Sieve in the bread soda-it is vitally important that the bread soda be sieved as it tends to clump together.

Add in the salt at this stage also.

Mix well.


If you are using a flavouring add it in now.

Pour in the buttermilk and mix until a soft “sticky” dough has been achieved.


Transfer the dough onto a well floured work surface and kneed for a moment or two until the dough has been manipulated into a cylindrical shape.

Press into the previously prepared oaf tin and pop into the oven to bake.

Bake for 1 full hour in the tin and then invert the bread and pop it back into the tin upside down and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes to firm up the crust on the underneath.


Additional Flavours: suggested amounts:

  • Garlic & Rosemary                               2 cloves garlic, 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Sultanas soaked in orange juice 3oz/75g
  • Roasted Vegetables                              1 ½ mixed peppers, ½ red onion, ½ courgette
  • Sage & Onion                                      1 small onion cooked, 1 dessertspoon fresh sage
  • Grated Mozzarella                                3oz/75g
  • Bacon & Thyme                                   5-6 rashers of bacon-lighted grilled, 2 stems thyme
  • Cheddar Cheese & Rocket                   2oz/50g cheese, 2 dessertspoons chopped rocket
  • Sun Dried tomato & Chorizo                3oz/75g sun dried tomatoes, 2oz/50g diced chorizo
  • Curry, Apricot & Red Chilli               2 dessertspoons medium hot curry powder, 8 Apricots & 1 teaspoon chilli flake.