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Traditional Irish Recipe - Soda Bread

This is one of the easiest breads to make. Great with soup, not so good for sandwiches.)

Materials needed

A sharp knife
A large mixing bowl
A baking tray


200g self-raising Flour
a large Pinch of Salt
25g Unsalted Butter
¼ Pint Milk


  1. Heat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Rub in the butter, till crumbs form.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the crumbed mixture.
  5. Stir in the milk with a palette knife to form a soft dough.
  6. Knead lightly on a floured board and shape into a round.
  7. Place on baking tray and make 2 slits across the top with a sharp knife to form a cross.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes until the bread is well risen and firm to the touch.
  9. Cool on a rack and eat whilst fresh.


To bake: To cook in an oven.

To knead: To work a dough by hand, using a folding-back and pressing-forward motion.

To mix: To beat or stir foods together until they are combined.

To rub in: A method of incorporating fat into flour by rubbing the fat with the fingertips until it combines with the flour to form a mixture with a breadcrumb-like consistency, eg rub the butter into the flour and add enough cold water to form a smooth dough. Pastry, scones, cakes and biscuits are made using the rub in method.

To stir: To agitate an ingredient or a number of ingredients using a hand held tool such as a spoon.

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