Monthly Raisin Recipes by Sam Linsell

Soda bread is the easiest bread to make and requires not yeast, kneading or proving. The ingredients get mixed together by hand in a bowl and is ready to bake straight away. The raisins give it a sweet edge and this bread is best eaten on the same day and preferably warm out the oven.

Recipe – make one loaf


300g all-purpose flour
200g whole wheat or nutty wheat flour
11/2 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
1 cup of raisins and sultanas
420ml buttermilk
1 egg beaten to coat the top (optional)

Make in advance:

You can make this by hand. Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine. Add the buttermilk and very quickly mix to incorporate. Do not over mix.

Tip out on a floured surface and bring the dough into a round ball. Flatten this slightly and cut 4 slits around the sides – about 1/4 of the way into the dough.

Lift the dough onto a lined baking sheet and bake in an oven that has been preheated to 200C for 45 – 50 minutes. It is done when it is browned on the outside and gives a hollow sound when tapped. You could also test by piercing with a sharp knife.

* To prevent over browning, loosely cover the loaf with a piece of tin foil from about halfway through the baking time.