Soda Bread


This is a recipe to try when you want some bread in a hurry - it takes just 10 minutes preparation and 30 minutes baking. It's also good if you don't have any yeast.

The first time I tried, it was a bit heavy. Googling the problem, it seems I kneaded it too long - just 8 or 10 times is enough.

Once you've made it to your liking, you can start experimenting, by adding some grated cheese and onion, or caraway seeds, honey, walnuts....


Preparation Time:  10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

 250 gm plain white flour  
 5g salt  
 2 tsp baking powder/bicarbonate of soda  
 150ml buttermilk, thin yoghurt, milk or water  

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix in the buttermilk or other liquid to make a dough. 

Knead briefly, 8 or 10 times at the most. (The acid in the buttermilk or yoghurt starts working with the baking powder almost immediately to act as a rising agent). Kneading too long will make the bread heavy and flat.

Shape the dough into a round. Pat to flatten until about 5cm high, flour all over and place on a baking tray. Now cut a cross in the top of the loaf, almost through to the bottom, then stab lightly all over.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base.

Allow to cool for a few minutes, then serve warm with butter, a strong cheese, salmon pate - whatever takes your fancy.