Traditional White soda Bread


  • 450g plain flour
  • 1 level teasp. bread soda  
  • 1 heaped teasp. Bextartar (cream of tartar) - optional
  • Pinch salt
  • 25g soft margarine
  • 1 egg, whisked with 250 ml buttermilk


Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200ºC (400ºF).


Sieve the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Rub in the margarine.


Pour in the egg and buttermilk mixture and stir well.


Turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly for a minute or two.


Shape into a round and flatten slightly.


Place on a baking sheet. Mark with a deep cross and bake in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.