Soda Bread

  • Yield : 2 Loaves
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 50m

The recipe

Soda bread is a yeast free bread where bicarbonate of soda is used as a substitute for yeast. The Irish have championed this bread in recent history, although the process used was possibly invented by the Native Americans. This recipe is quick and easy to make and there are many possible variations, but this one works very well.  Some of the plain white flour could be replaced with wholemeal or ground porridge oats for a healthier alternative.


  • 500g plain white flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 10g salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 300ml buttermilk (or thin yoghurt or milk or water)


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C / gas mark 6.

Step 2

Mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and add in the liquid to make a dough. Knead briefly, divide into two and then shape in to rounds about 5 cm tall. Dust the loaves all over with flour, place on a baking tray and cut a deep cross in the top of each loaf.

Step 3

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Allow to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.

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