Quick Brown Soda Bread

So simple to make and so wholesome, get into the habit of baking your own bread, because it’s unbeatable served with Folláin Jam and butter.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4

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  • 225g (½ lb) Macroom Extra Course Brown Flour
  • 225g (½ lb) White flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Bread soda
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower cooking oil
  • 280ml (½ pint) Buttermilk or sour milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas mark 5.
  2. Sift the plain flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl, add the Macroom Extra Coarse Brown Flour and dark brown sugar and mix well.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the oil and buttermilk.
  4. Mix very well and pour the mixture into a greased (5 ½ x 10 ½ in) loaf tin.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes. For a softer crust cool on a wire tray and cover with a damp tea towel.
  6. Serve with butter and Folláin Jam or Marmalade, or with cheese and Folláin Relish.
  7. Substitute 55g (2 oz) margarine or butter for the cooking oil in the above recipe, rubbing it into the dry ingredients before adding in the buttermilk.
  8. After adding the buttermilk, turn the mixture onto a floured surface and knead lightly, shape it into a round about 2 inches deep and then place it on a baking sheet.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven 190ºC/375ºF/gas mark 5 for 40 – 45 minutes.
  10. To make your brown bread extra nutritious, add a handful (or two) of mixed seeds, i.e. pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseed etc., after adding in the buttermilk, and mix well, also top the brown bread with a sprinkling of seeds just before you put it in the oven.