Easy soda bread

Easy soda bread

Make your own bread

Easy soda bread is a budget-friendly loaf recipe that doesn’t need any yeast.

An homemade, wholemeal bread loaf that takes under an hour to make.

Simply combine flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk, form the dough into a round loaf shape and bake it in the oven for 35 – 45 minutes.

A yeast-free bread recipe

Soda bread is an easy homemade bread recipe that doesn’t require any yeast. Instead, a reaction occurs between the buttermilk and the bicarbonate of soda that creates bubbles of carbon dioxide.

The origin of the traditional soda bread recipe is thought to have North American roots but Ireland also has strong links to this classic recipe.

My version of this historical recipe uses wholemeal self-raising flour instead of plain self-raising flour. I cut a traditional cross shape into the top of the loaf and the finished bread has a soft interior with a wholesome crust.

You should make easy soda bread because it is:

  • Quick and easy to make – homemade bread in under an hour.
  • Made from pantry-staples – just a few basic ingredients make a tasty loaf.
  • Freezer-friendly – fully cool the loaf before freezing.
  • Budget-friendly – all you need to make this delicious bread is flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk.

Easy soda bread’s main ingredients:

  • Self-raising wholemeal flour
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Buttermilk

Tips for busy cooks

Flour – if you don’t like wholemeal flour, you can use plain self-raising flour instead. However, you may need to adjust the amount of buttermilk that you use in the recipe.

Buttermilk – most supermarkets sell buttermilk but if you can’t find any, have a read of this article The Best Buttermilk Substitutes by Epicurious.

Freeze a loaf – make double the recipe and freeze one of the loaves (after it has been baked and is fully cooled).

Serving suggestions:

  1. With soup – serve a large chunk of this bread with a bowl of soup.
  2. As a sandwich – cut a piece of this loaf in half and fill with cheese & fresh tomatoes.
  3. Ploughman’s lunch – enjoy some of this bread with cheese, pickled onions, pickle and pieces of apple.

A quick bread recipe

Easy soda bread is a wholesome, homemade loaf that you can make in under an hour.

A quick, yeast-free bread that doesn’t require any proving time.
Made from pantry staples this wholemeal bread recipe is inexpensive to make.

What did you eat with your soda bread? Did you have it with soup or as a sandwich?

Let me know by leaving a comment and a recipe rating below – I’d love to hear from you.

Have you made this recipe? Tag @vegcoastcook on Instagram or use the hashtag #vegcoastcook so that I can see!

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Easy soda bread

Easy soda bread is a budget-friendly loaf recipe that doesn’t need any yeast. A, wholemeal bread loaf that takes under an hour to make.

Meal Type Basic Recipes
Cuisine American-Inspired
Keyword Easy soda bread, Vegetarian
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 small loaf
Author Veg Coast Cook

Ingredients

  • 400 g self-raising wholemeal flour plus extra for dusting
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300 ml buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C fan. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper and dust it with some flour.
  2. Put the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk.
  3. Mix the ingredients together with your hands until it forms into a rough dough. At this stage you may need to add more buttermilk or flour if the mixture is too dry or too wet.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and form it into a round. Transfer the loaf to the floured, lined baking tray. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross into its top.
  5. Bake the loaf in the oven for 35 – 45 mins or until it sounds hollow when the bottom of the loaf is tapped. Cool the loaf on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

Flour – if you don’t like wholemeal flour, you can use plain self-raising flour instead. However, you may need to adjust the amount of buttermilk that you use in the recipe.

Buttermilk – most supermarkets sell buttermilk but if you can’t find any, have a read of this article The Best Buttermilk Substitutes by Epicurious.

Freeze a loaf – make double the recipe and freeze one of the loaves (after it has been baked and is fully cooled).

Have you made this recipe? Tag @vegcoastcook on Instagram or use the hashtag #vegcoastcook so that I can see!



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