Irish Soda Bread


350g / 12oz wholemeal flour
125g / 4oz pinhead oatmeal or normal oatmeal
2 tsp bread (US: baking) soda, flattened in your hand with the teaspoon to avoid lumps
1 tsp salt
1 tsp runny honey
300ml (1/2 pint) buttermilk
2-3 tblsp milk


  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the centre and gradually beat in the honey, buttermilk and enough milk to form a soft dough.
  3. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  4. Shape the dough into an 8 inch round and place on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross on top of the dough.
  6. Brush with a little extra milk and bake at 200°C (400°F) or gas mark 6 for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Test by tapping the base of the loaf. If is sounds hollow it is done.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.