A loaf of soda bread on a chopping board

Easy soda bread

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(2 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

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

  • 400ml whole milk
  • 1 lemon, juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • 2 tsp honey
    Honey

    Honey

    huh-nee

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

Method

  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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