Traditional Irish Soda Bread

I learned this recipe while baking for a restaurant in West Cork Ireland.  The baker used coffee mugs for measurements, so I continue her tradition.  Use a standard mug- not an oversized one. 

Author Irish Family Recipe


  • 5 mugs coarse wheat flour
  • 2 mugs quick oats (or place old fashion oats in a food processor and pulse a few times)
  • large pinch sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 lumps butter
  • 2 pints buttermilk


  1. Preheat to 375 and grease 2 loaf tins

  2. Mix together all ingredients, stirring in buttermilk last.  Bake for about 1 hour and then turn upside down in tin to cool for 15 minutes.