Simply Nutritious Bread

Simply Nutritious Bread


byPrepared by Darina Allen Chef

of Author and Owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, Co. Cork  

This more modern version of Irish Soda Bread by Ballymaloe Cookery School, couldn’t be simpler, just mix and pour into a well-greased tin. This brea Read More
Cooking Time

60 Minutes


4-6 People


  • 400g (14ozs) stone ground wholemeal flour
  • 75g (3ozs) white flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 level teaspoon bread soda, sieved (Bicarbonate of Soda/Baking Soda)
  • 1 egg, preferably free-range
  • 1 tablespoon archive or sunflower oil, unscented
  • 1 teaspoon honey or treacle
  • 425ml (15fl ozs) buttermilk or sour milk approx. (put all the milk in)
  • Sunflower or sesame seeds optional
  • Loaf tin 23×12.5x5cm (9x5x2in)

Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas Mark 6



Makes 1 loaf or 3 small loaves


Put all the dry ingredients including the sieved bread soda into a large bowl, mix well. Whisk the egg, add the oil and honey most of the buttermilk. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in all the liquid, mix well and add more buttermilk if necessary. The mixture should be soft and slightly sloppy, pour into an oiled tin or tins. Sprinkle some sunflower or sesame seeds on the top. Bake for 60 minutes approx, or until the bread is nice and crusty and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.



Health Bread


Add 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds, 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, 1 tablespoon of kibbled wheat to the dry ingredients. Keep a mixture to scatter over the top.

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