If you don’t have the time or patience for the double rise of sourdough, it doesn’t mean giving up on bread-making altogether. These simple, speedy bread recipes are leavened with baking powder or bicarb instead of yeast, which means you can prep and bake your loaf in one go.


From cornbread and savoury scones, to soda bread and a gluten-free tomato loaf, these homemade bakes make a quick and easy dinner accompaniment.

1. Quick chilli cornbread


Looking for a speedy side to soups or stews? This dense chilli cornbread is perfect dunking material and comes with a subtle spicy kick. Combine polenta and plain flour for a flavoursome bread with plenty of texture. It’s ready in less than an hour and can be made ahead and frozen for later.

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2. Quick walnut bread with baked cheese & pears


If you’re in need of comfort, melty cheese and homemade walnut bread are a satisfying solution. The loaf is made from a mixture of plain and wholemeal flour, with bicarbonate of soda to make it rise. It only takes about half an hour to bake, giving you time to wash-up and find a camembert or brie in the fridge. After dinner cheese at its best!

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3. Black treacle & oat soda bread


Black treacle and porridge oats lend a deep, malty flavour and chewiness to this loaf. On the table in 30 minutes, this simple soda bread will become a lunchtime saviour. Making deep indentations in the bread will help it cook through and mark out portions to tear and share. Once it’s in the oven, you’ll have some time to prepare any accompaniments, including homemade butter, smoked salmon and pickles.

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4. Cheese, rosemary & potato loaf


There’s more to scones than cream tea. Why not bake a giant savoury version for dinner and pack it full of sliced potatoes, cheese, garlic and rosemary? Baking powder makes a quick alternative to yeast, whilst butter, yogurt and milk enrich the dough. Bake for just half an hour then serve this wholesome loaf with a steaming soup or side salad.

5. Gluten-free tomato bread


Give your loaf a rosy glow with the rich flavour of sundried tomatoes and parmesan. This super quick, gluten-free bread uses baking powder instead of yeast to achieve a rise. Bake it in under an hour and serve simply toasted with butter.

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