Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Chia Seeds

Traditional Irish soda bread with chia seeds is made with just a few simple ingredients. It is a quick and easy recipe that is a must for your upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, but also perfect for any time of the year. It is a no knead, no hassle style of bread which is my kind of recipe! An Irish classic for a good reason.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Chia Seeds on a baking tray. Fresh out of the oven with a golden crust and soft bread inside.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Chia Seeds

Sometimes making homemade bread can seem daunting. You have to use yeast, then knead the dough, let it rest, rise and bake. What if you could just mix everything in a bowl like a cake and pop it in the oven. Sounds good right?

Soda bread is one of the most popular breads baked in Ireland. Rightly so, you end up with a beautiful golden crust and a soft inside without the extra hassle.

A photo of healthy chia seeds and porridge oats.
Healthy Chia Seeds with Porridge Oats

What is a Traditional Irish Soda Bread?

Soda bread is a type of quick bread traditionally made in different cuisines, in which sodium bicarbonate and buttermilk are used as leavening agents instead of the traditional yeast. It’s dense, yet soft and has the most incredible crusty exterior.

What Ingredients do you need?

You can add pretty much anything to soda bread, such as: raisins, sultanas, seeds and nuts. I like to add chia seeds and porridge oats but I’ve also experimented with cocoa and coffee. They enhance the breads richness and make it super healthy, which is a bonus. But an authentic soda bread just needs the following 4 ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Buttermilk
  • Salt
Soda bread mixture in a bowl containing the flour, baking soda, salt and butter.
Soda bread mixture ready to go

Tips on Making Great Soda Bread

  • Always level your teaspoon of baking soda before adding it to your ingredients. There are two very good reasons for this that can make or break your bread: 
  • Too much baking soda will tint your bread green and can also give your bread an acidic taste, so remember less is more.
  • Don’t over-work the dough. It’s supposed to look a little messy.
  • Score the top of the dough with a cross before baking. This helps the center of the bread bake better.
  • You can bake Irish soda bread on a baking sheet, in a loaf tin, or in a cast iron skillet. It will still end up with a lovely crust.
Traditional Irish soda bread with chia seeds and oats sprinkled on top.
Soda bread with chia seeds and oats

Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a powerhouse of health and nutrition. Sprinkle them in breads, cereals or smoothies.

Serving Suggestions for Soda Bread with Chia Seeds

Serve your warm soda bread with a a hearty Beef and Guinness stew. Or just on it’s own with a nice serving of real butter and a cup of tea, perfect!

Traditionally Irish Soda bread with Chia Seeds with a golden crust and yummy butter on a tray.
Golden Crust Soda Bread

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Storage Options

Store in airtight plastic bags or wrap tightly in plastic wrap or foil and store at room temperature. Homemade bread contains no preservatives so it usually stays fresh for a shorter period of time.

Warm soda bread served on a wooden tray with lots of butter.
Warm soda bread with lashings of butter

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread Loaf on a baking tray. Fresh out of the oven with a golden crust and a soft inside.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Chia Seeds

Author: Fiona Halligan
Traditional Irish soda bread with chia seeds is made with just a few simple ingredients. It is a quick and easy bread that is a must for your upcoming St. Patrick's Day, but also perfect for any time of the year. It is a no knead, no hassle style of bread which is my kind of recipe! An Irish classic for a good reason.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8 servings
Calories 338 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 260 g Wholemeal Flour
  • 260 g Plain Flour sieved
  • 50 g Chia Seeds
  • 50 g Porridge Oats
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 30 g Butter cold
  • 1 large Egg
  • 500 ml Buttermilk plus a little extra for glazing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/430°F.
  • Combine the flours, chia seeds, oats, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and mix.
  • Rub the cold butter into the flour mixture until it feels like fine bread crumbs.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg with the buttermilk. Make a well and add the liquid to the flour mixture. Add the liquid little by little.
  • Using your hand bring the flour and liquid together to form a loose dough. It should be soft and slightly sticky. You might have to add more milk as some flours can react differently to adding liquid.
  • Once your dough comes together, empty the mixture onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into the classic round loaf.
  • Place on a baking sheet that is dusted well with flour. Score the bread into like a cross.
  • Brush some leftover buttermilk over the top of the loaf. Sprinkle some oats and chia seeds on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 220°C/200°C Fan/430°F.
  • After the 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 200°C/180°C Fan/390°F and bake for another 25 minutes until golden on top and cooked inside.
  • When the loaf is done, it will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Serve with salted butter and a hearty bowl of soup or beef stew.

Notes

  1. The bread will sound hollow when cooked.
  2. Combine the liquid slowly. You might not need it all or you might need more depending on the brand of flour.
  3. If you add in extra dry ingredients such as raisins or nuts, you will also have to increase the liquid to keep it moist.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 12gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 531mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 237IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Irish Soda Bread, St Patrick’s Day, Traditional Irish Bread
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