Sligo Soda Bread

This is Claire Hewitt’s favourite and most requested recipe for bread. She was given it by a tuneful and hospitable baker from Sligo.

She describes it as a journey bread – something which you can rely on to sustain you as you travel. I imagine her eating it on her adventures, telling stories, making friends, sharing food and songs, baking bread….


  • 500ml natural yogurt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 15g medium oatmeal
  • 150g oat flakes
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • A handful of pumpkin, sunflower and linseeds

For a fruity loaf add a few chopped apricots and cranberries.

For a savoury loaf chopped basil, a few olives chopped and half a block of crumbled feta cheese.


  1. Mix all the wet ingredients
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients
  3. Mix both together
  4. Bake in a lined loaf tin for 30 minutes at 180C then reduce to 150C for 30 minutes
  5. Eat once cold.