Recipes on December 21, 2010 by

For the Love of Irish Soda Bread Mix

Irish Soda Bread is the perfect accompaniment to a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup.

On these cold rainy days many of us just want to sit in front of the fire and eat soup. What is better with your favorite soup than Irish soda bread! Bob’s Red Mill Irish Soda Bread Mix is delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. This lovely bread was invented without yeast because of Ireland’s active climate. Softer wheat prospered in the land, which in turn reacted well with sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda. Soda bread is commonly served in Ireland as a side for breakfast or a main dish, such as a stew or soup.

Many of you who have tried our Irish soda bread may have noticed it is a bit sweeter than others, but all together, delicious. In the past I have seen this bread served toasted with butter atop and also as the Irish serve it, on the side of a main dish. Bob’s Red Mill Irish Soda Bread Mix is compiled of various milled flours, buttermilk powder, and for a nutritious addition, wheat germ and bran. Historically, buttermilk has always been the milk of choice for soda bread. The sour, acidic characteristics react well with the baking soda.

In the event you purchase our Irish Soda Bread Mix, here are a few tips and ideas.

  • When mixing the few ingredients together, try not to overmix. Despite other bread making methods, you want very little gluten development.
  • When scoring the top of your rounded loaf, use a sharp knife dipped in flour. This will provide a clean looking and beautiful top.
  • When you are feeling adventurous, substitute fruit juice for some of the water or throw in a cup of your favorite dried fruit. Make something new to impress!

Whether you buy a loaf fresh from our bakery or prepare it for yourself at home, experience the simplicity of this rustic old country bread. We think you will enjoy it.


stan says:

what does xanthium gum do for bakng? do you sell it?

Hi Stan! I recommend reading this post:
The short answer is that it helps replace the gluten in gluten free baking. It aids in thickening and binding for baked goods. Yes, we do sell it. You can find it on our website at

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