Bread Recipes

Soda Bread

Since bread is probably my favourite thing to eat, it’s what I am most motivated to conquer in the kitchen. I will master bread, I will! I’ve had some triumphs like this white loaf bread, and some failures, like my ciabatta. Today I am trying my hand at soda bread. 

Soda Bread

soda bread

Soda Bread
Total Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
2174 calories
415 g
53 g
18 g
77 g
9 g
1174 g
5435 g
36 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2174
Calories from Fat 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 53mg
Sodium 5435mg
Total Carbohydrates 415g
Dietary Fiber 14g
Sugars 36g
Protein 77g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 500 g plain flour
  2. 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon of salt
  4. 400 mL of buttermilk
  5. dash of milk, if necessary
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Sift together the flour and the baking soda into a large bowl. Then stir in your salt. Create a well in the centre of the bowl and pour in your buttermilk, stirring as you go. You might need to add a dash of milk in if the dough is too dry and you are struggling to bring it together.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and kneed it quickly - only for about a minute. Your dough should still be quite rough and lumpy. Shape your dough into a round and then lightly dust the top with flour. Place it onto a floured baking sheet.
  4. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, press down 2/3rds of the way through the dough to create a deep cross.
  5. Bake for about 40 minutes. Your bread should hollow when you tap underneath if it's thoroughly baked.
  6. Set it aside on a wire rack to cool.
Adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
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doughfreshly baked with butterbread and butterbreaking bread   sideview of bread
Is there anything better than the smell of baking bread at home?  I don’t think so! 

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  • Nothing, there is nothing better (and that’s coming from a gluten intolerant personage – cruel but true!)

  • Bread is my favorite thing too! I’ve never had soda bread though. I love making buttermilk honey or sour cream bread.

    • I could totally live on bread and water. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t crave other things. But I could do it. x

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I love fresh baked bread!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Jen

    Looks delish 🙂 Do you make your own buttermilk?

    • I didn’t this time because I had some buttermilk in the fridge but I usually do! I usually do milk and lemon juice. Do you do lemon juice or vinegar? I feel like everyone who makes it has a preference. x

  • I love how you scored it so each person gets two servings 😉

  • Soda bread is one of those things that sounds like it should be disgusting, but it’s soooooooooooooooo good. Nice bread!

    • Totally agree, when you’re making it there’s always that – “there’s no way this is going to taste good” pause and then bam! You’re proven wrong. x

  • that looks so good! i used to bake soda bread quite often when i still lived in finland, but i don’t think the soda over here tastes as nice as in finland so i’ve been baking less bread, haha. maybe should give it another go:-) and there really isn’t a better smell than bread baking in the oven! xx

  • Only 1 minute to knead? How did I not know this? Why bother making any other bread! Looks delicious. Laura x

  • Me too! x

  • I totally agree! xx

  • That’s the best kind of compliment! x

  • Ala

    Your ciabatta was not a fail!!!! This looks so delicious well done! x

  • What a lovely thick crust you’ve got there!

    • Thank you! (I’ve tried to think of something clever along the lines of “What big eyes you have.” “The better to see you with.” But I failed! x

  • It looks like a success to me!

  • This looks amazing!!!

    And only ONE minute to knead?! Done. So done. It’s happening! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • It’s like cheaty bread because it’s so easy! It doesn’t need to rise at all either and it’s supposed to be as “rustic” looking as possible. Score! x

  • Thanks for sharing. The soda bread looks a little bit dry, but I think it’s great to eat with butter.

  • This looks super delicious… we love making bread so I’m adding this to the list!

  • Yum! This looks delicious Amanda! I love baking bread – there isn’t a better smell than a freshly made loaf. xxx

  • If only I could smell it then I would be so happy

  • This looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe!
    Melanie @

  • This soda bread looks so yummy! I had soda bread for the first time in Canada at an Irish pub and it was so amazing! I must make it at home! Nothing beats the smell of fresh baking bread! x

    • This recipe is super simply- you’ll ace it and then everyone will want you to make it all the time 🙂 xx

  • You really make me want to try baking bread! I’m terrified of it haha

    • This one would be a great one to start with because it’s fairly simple and you don’t need to let the bread rise at all and you barely kneed it! x

  • I love soda bread and this looks yummy. I have had some pretty epic bread making disasters so I haven’t tried to make any in a while! x