Sheila Drury’s Soda Bread

Submitted by Sheila Drury, Award Recipient 2014
(This was my Grandma Sullivan’s recipe)


  • 6 cups all purpose flour or (OR 4cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk (To substitute for buttermilk>add 1 tsp white vinegar to 1 cup milk)

*Raisins or dried currants can be added, especially for Christmas.

*** Update: it has been suggested that a beaten egg be added to make it easier to knead( or more buttermilk) as well as 2 TSP of sugar if sweetness is wanted ” 


  1. Mix dry ingredients together- make a well in the middle add milk to make firm dough. (Add more milk if necessary)
  2. Sprinkle flour on board and hands and knead dough for 5 minutes (Knead means rolling- squishing and pressing dough together)
  3. Form into a round shape and place on a flour pie plate (score top of loaf with cross or lines)
  4. Oven is preheated to 450F and decreased to 350F when loaf goes in-bake 1 hour.
  5. Wrap in clean cloth after bread is baked to keep crust from getting too hard.