A loaf of soda bread on a chopping board

Easy soda bread

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(40 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 plain 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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ChrissieA66's picture
8th Jul, 2020
Love it, so easy, so tasty so make some.
3rd Jul, 2020
disaster! I have checked and double-checked that I used the correct weights and volumes of ingredients and correct oven temperature. I note all the other positive reviews but this was a disaster. The dough was like wallpaper paste. I had to add tons of extra flour just to be able to get something onto the baking sheet (most was stuck to my hands and the floured surface where I gamely tried to mould it into a ball). No chance of making a cross in the dough, which spread out like pancake batter. I persevered and baked it. It looked better than when it went in, but tasted foul. There was too much salt, as someone else said, but it smelled unpleasant and (from the tiny amount I tried to eat) tasted rank. Straight in the bin. It would have made a good comedy sketch though! Oh! and it stuck viciously to my baking sheet - maybe it would make good wallpaper paste..
Eileen Saint
7th Jun, 2020
Took a chance and made this with plain flour and skimmed milk. Still worked and would definitely make again.
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Stephen Bermingham
7th Jun, 2020
Easy to make, major error in the recipe is the 2 tsp of salt that ruined it. 1/2 would be about right.
26th May, 2020
I made this today, but used soya milk and maple syrup instead of wholemilk and honey. Received the best rating of the three vegan soda recipes I've baked in lock down!
cheetjen's picture
25th May, 2020
Really easy tasty bread
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Sarah Porcelli
19th Apr, 2020
This was so easy to make as well as being delish! I used half yoghurt and half milk for the buttermilk, also added in the rosemary. I’ll be making this again, so simple.
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.


11th Jun, 2020
Would this work without the honey?
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Munkeh Madness
27th May, 2020
I made this over the weekend. I only had semi-skimmed milk, so threw in a couple of tablespoons of soured cream which worked perfectly. However, it's very salty. Is this normal for soda bread? I don't generally add salt to food. Could I use considerably less than 2 tablespoons?
lulu_grimes's picture
29th May, 2020
Hello, Yes do drop the salt if you like. I would add a little as it really helps amplify the other flavours. Lulu
5th May, 2020
A lovely flavoured bread but I think mine was still under-cooked after 40 minutes - would you expect this?
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6th May, 2020
Hi, Lulu from the food team here, yes it's possible that it could be undercooked. Oven vary in heat source, and also they don't always have accurate temperatures, the other thing that could make a difference to the cooking time is how deep the cross you cut in the centre of the loaf was. If you make this again then give it a little longer. I hope this helps.
20th Apr, 2020
Hi - Can I use wholemeal spelt flour or light rye flour instead? Thanks.
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
22nd Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the food team here! You can indeed, either of this would work beautifully! be aware if your dough looks a little dry when using the rye flour you may need to add a splash more! Thanks for your question.
13th Apr, 2020
I don’t have any wholemeal or rye flour, only strong white bread flour. Can I use that instead?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
15th Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the food team here! We'd recommend using plain flour in replacement. You could use your strong white flour in any of our yeasted bread recipes however! Thanks for your question.
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Stacey East
5th Apr, 2020
Hi, Would the recipe still work if all ingredients were halved? (Not quite enough milk!) Thanks


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Sarah Porcelli
19th Apr, 2020
The rosemary in this definitely worth adding.
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Simona Veselá
7th Apr, 2020
I'd put half (if not less) of salt, that felt as way too much.
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