Soda bread is a great store cupboard bake – you can use any type of flour so no need for bread flour or yeast and there is no kneading or rising so you can have it on the table in 40 minutes.



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Soda Bread

By: Chloe Coker

Soda bread is a really quick bread to make and is lovely to have with homemade soup or stew.  You can use any flour that you have in the cupboard and you don’t need buttermilk – just add 1 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to 285ml milk.


  • 285ml milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice / cider vinegar
  • 350g plain flour (I use 175g white and 175g wholemeal)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: 50g  porridge oats
  • optional: 50g melted butter 
  • optional: grated cheese handful
  • optional: chopped chives 1 tbsp


 Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200*c and line a baking tray.  Measure out the milk and add the vinegar.  Set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients 

Step 2

Place the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Add the oats, cheese and chives if you are using them.  Stir everything together until well combined

Step 3

Melt the butter and add to the milk.  Pour the milk into the flour and stir until well incorporated.  The mixture will be sticky – that’s fine.  Sprinkle with mixture with some flour so that it doesn’t stick to your hands and bring it together into a ball with your hands (no need to knead it)

Step 4

Lift the mixture onto the tray and press it into a round loaf shape on the tray.  Cut a deep cross in the top and sprinkle with some flour.  Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until cooked through  – it should sound hollow when you tap the bottom.  Serve with lashings of butter

Tips, Tricks and Teaching Info


Don’t worry if you don’t have buttermilk – just add 1 tbsp lemon juice / apple cider / white wine vinegar to the milk and set aside for 10 minutes

No Yeast or Bread Flour

One of the great things about soda bread is that you can use any flour you like and the rise comes from the bicarbonate of soda so there is no need for yeast