Blueberry and Walnut Soda Bread

Blueberry and Walnut Soda Bread

I love soda bread, it’s super adaptable and works well with sweet or savoury ingredients.

Just out of the oven, and delicious with butter

Like everyone else, I was glued to the Great British Bake Off when the contestants were making various types of soda bread. I hadn’t made soda bread since I made my version with dulse (dried seaweed), and I thought I’d try a sweet version.

Usually I would use dried fruit in a soda bread, but I didn’t have any. I had a look at what I did have, and this was how I came up with blueberry and walnut soda bread.

As before, if you don’t have buttermilk you can add lemon juice to ordinary milk and let it sit for a few minutes to achieve the same result. I also tossed the blueberries in the flour before mixing them in. Apparently this stops them sinking to the bottom.

This loaf will live quite happily in an airtight box for 2-3 days. If you still have any left, can I suggest toasting it, it’s amazing. I also toasted some and topped it with cheese and this was so delicious the I forgot to take photos.

Freshly toasted and slathered in butter, mmmmm


200 Grams Plain flour

200 Grams Wholemeal flour

25 Grams Butter

100 Grams Porridge oats

1 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda

100 Grams Fresh blueberries

50 Grams Walnuts

1 Tsp Salt

75 Grams Sugar

450ml Buttermilk


  1. Rub butter into the porridge oats (you can use a food processor to do this, but really only takes a minute)
  2. Add your dry ingredients to the porridge oats (remember to dust the blueberries in the flour before adding them)
  3. Add the buttermilk to the bowl and mix lightly with a palette knife
  4. Turn your mix onto a floured surface and gently form it into a ball. Try not to handle it too much, it should be a fairly soft dough
  5. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Cut a cross onto your loaf. You should cut down about one third of the depth of the dough
  6. Bake in an oven preheated to 180 degrees for 45-50 minutes (or until it sounds hollow when you tap it).

4 thoughts on “Blueberry and Walnut Soda Bread

  1. Anne Mullen October 25, 2020 / 11:49 pm

    As I was listening to Sean Keene a trad singer who is one of my favorites your recipe popped up. I loved your recipe for blueberry soda bread. I have tons of blueberries as I’m living in Maine ( a big blueberry area) so I thought I would give the recipe a try. Only problem, we don’t measure with grams. Any advice for conversion?
    This is so strange. Sean Keene, Seaneen. I think I was meant to find you and yourSunnyside Kitchen!


    • Seaneen's Sunnyside Kitchen October 26, 2020 / 6:55 pm

      Hi Anne, thanks so much for checking out the recipe. I have the same issue as you only in reverse. I love US recipes but then have to try to convert them to metric. I was always told that 1oz equals around 25 Grams, but if you Google it you can see the measurements in cups etc. I hope this helps, and you find other recipes that you like. All the best, Seaneen


  2. Geri Lawhon November 28, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    This is a great looking recipe. Thank you so much for posting it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.