A slice of seeded irish soda bread being butered.
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Seeded Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk

A quick and easy bread with no yeast. Crammed with delicious seeds - ready to eat in under an hour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 1 medium sized loaf
Calories: 189kcal
Author: VJ


  • 200 g Wholewheat flour
  • 200 g Plain flour
  • 25 g Pumpkin Seeds
  • 25 g Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Linseeds (flax seeds)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 500 ml (1 pint) Buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Treacle
  • 1 Tablespoon Sunflower oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar


  • Measure the wholewheat flour into a large mixing bowl
  • Sift in the plain flour
  • Add the seeds , the bicarbonate of soda, the sugar and the salt and stir together.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the buttemilk, treacle and sunflower oil.
  • Mix well to combine
  • Pour into greased 8" x 4" loaf tin
  • Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • Place in the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, or the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Serve warm with butter. Or serve with your favourite soup or stew.


The mixed batter should be a soft dropping consistency.  If it is too thick you can add a splash of milk to thin it down.
If you don't have buttermilk you can substitute with one of the following:
  • 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice mixed with 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 and 3/4 teaspoons of cream of tartar mixed with 1 cup of milk
The calories have been calculated for 1 slice of bread, assuming the loaf yields 12 slices.