A loaf of soda bread on a chopping board

Easy soda bread

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins


Cuts into 10 slices

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal207
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 500g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary (optional)



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 400ml whole milk
  • 1 lemon, juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tsp honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…


  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.

  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.

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

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

  5. Put in the oven and bake for 40 mins.

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

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21st Jan, 2020
Everyone in my family absotely loved this bread, thank you very much! And no one could believe the recipe was so easy and yeast-free, the bread tasted delicious indeed :) I didn't add rosemary, but put 3 handfuls of mix seeds. The dough was sticky, didn't enjoy making the bread ball and placing it into baking form, BUT such a tasty result was definitely worth it, I'm going to use this recipe always from now :) Also thanks for the magic milk+lemon juice mix, worked perfect :)
25th Aug, 2019
I have made this bread once and it was delicious!!! Will def be making it again.
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Dee Collier
20th Jun, 2019
Delicious - made this morning. Split mixture into drop-sized scones, brushed with milk on the top before putting into oven. Baked for 15 mins. So so yum with Kerrygold butter and strawberry jam.
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Pippa Mac
7th Oct, 2018
Very tasty, I put in too much bicarb by mistake so it frothed up more than usual ~ I added more flour and it came out well. The honey and rosemary are very nice.
4th Feb, 2020
Just to sort all details. Can I use milk from fridge or should it be warm/home t°? And does lemon size matter, how much juice should be added in 400ml of milk? Thanks in advance!
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5th Feb, 2020
Hi granika, The milk can be from the fridge (you only need to use warm milk in yeasted bread where the heat helps to activate the yeast). On average, a lemon holds around 2 tbsp juice, so you'll need about 30ml/2 tbsp. I hope this helps, Cassie (Senior Food Editor, BBC Good Food)
7th Sep, 2019
If I make this bread this afternoon will it stay fresh for breakfast in the morning?
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9th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, wrap well in cling film or store in an airtight container and it will last well until tomorrow.
25th Aug, 2019
Can I use semi skimmed milk? I forgot to buy whole milk.
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26th Aug, 2019
Thanks for your question. Using semi-skimmed milk will reduce the fat content in the bread which will affect the texture and moisture. However, if that's all you have, it should still work sufficiently to get a decent loaf.
22nd Jun, 2018
Can I use plain flower for this instead of wholemeal we
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22nd Jun, 2018
Thanks for your question. Using plain flour tends to produce lighter results so it will differ from the original recipe. However, you can do so.
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