Easy soda bread

Easy soda bread
Want a simple bread recipe? This Irish soda bread requires no kneading or proving, is yeast-free and takes mere minutes to prepare. Above all, it's delicious

  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:5 mins
    • Cook:40 mins
  • Easy
  • Cuts into 10 slices

Nutrition: Per serving
low infat2g


  • 500g plain wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary (optional)
  • 400ml whole milk
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp honey


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix together the flour, salt and bicarb in a bowl. And if you’d like rosemary bread, add the chopped rosemary too.

  • STEP 2

    Mix together the milk and lemon juice in a jug, and wait for a minute as it magically turns into buttermilk. Then stir in the honey, and simply pour it into the flour mixture. Stir it with a knife for a minute until the whole thing comes together into a sticky dough.

  • STEP 3

    Tip onto a floured work surface and shape it into a ball.

  • STEP 4

    Put the ball on a floured baking tray and, using a sharp knife, make a deep cross on top.

  • STEP 5

    Put in the oven and bake for 40 mins.

  • STEP 6

    Cool on a wire rack until warm, then slice and serve.

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