Mary Gleeson’s Brown Soda Bread

Mary Gleeson’s Brown Soda Bread


by Mary Gleeson owner of Gleesons Restaurant & Rooms

of Co. Roscommon  

Many people assume that the cross in the top of soda bread had religious meaning for Irish people. When Master baker Mary Gleeson, co-owner of Gleeson Read More
Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

60 Minutes


4-6 People


  • 250g wholemeal flour, coarsely ground
  • 125g white flour
  • 60g wheat bran
  • 70g pinhead oatmeal
  • 2 tsp baking soda, sieved
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 600ml buttermilk


Mix dry ingredients and aerate. Add the honey to the buttermilk and mix. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add most of the buttermilk. Mix quickly until just moistened, adding buttermilk as needed for a wet consistency. Turn dough onto a floured board and round it up gently, making it two inches thick.

Place on a greased baking sheet and cut a half-inch-deep cross into the top. Bake at 180°C for 60 minutes, turning the bread over for the last 10 minutes. Tap on the bottom: a hollow sound means it’s done. Cool on a wire rack covered with a damp tea towel.

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