Soda Bread

This is rustic, home-made soda bread, is an easy and quick bread recipe without the yeast and fermentation time. Simply mix all ingredients together which take just 5 minutes, then put it in the oven and it’s done. Have a fresh loaf at home, who doesn’t want fresh bread?

In a lot of recipes you can find that most people use buttermilk to make soda bread, but I use yoghurt and milk instead. These days, most supermarkets have buttermilk, but not everyone has it at home. However, most people have milk and yoghurt, so you can make this bread anytime you want.

About soda bread

Soda bread is a bread that originated in Ireland. The “soda” in soda bread is “baking soda”. In other words, bread that has been raised using baking soda. Traditional Irish soda bread has a cross on the top, which is a blessing of the bread. It also has a hole in each corner, which is to release the fairies in the bread.

How to make

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together
  2. Mix milk and yoghurt well then add into dry ingredients.
  3. Then give the dough a good mix.
  4. Take dough out of the bowl and put it on to a floured work surface, then just bring it together and formed into a round. 
  5. Pop it into the oven at 210°C for 40 minutes.

What does soda bread taste like?

It has a similar flavour and texture to a moist and soft scone. Because it only uses a few ingredients to make, you can taste the flavour of the flour. It is good served with butter, cream cheese , jam or soup.

How to make a rich flavour

In this recipe I keep it simple, but if you prefer light and richer flavour, you can rub 30g cool butter into your dry ingredients. Add 1 egg into the milk and yoghurt, this will give you lighter and rich flavour. You also can add some nuts, raisins or dried fruit.

How long will it keep

This bread you can keep for 4 to 5 days in the cool and dark place, but I recommend to finish it in 2 days, when it is fresh. You also can keep it in freezer for 1 month.

Soda bread

This is rustic, home-made soda bread, an easy and quick bread recipe without the yeast and fermentation time. Mix all ingredients together in 5 minutes, then put it in the oven and it's done.
Servings 1 Loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Oven
  • 1 Cast Iron Pan or Baking Tray
  • 1 Knife


  • 350 g Plain Flour
  • 150 g Wholewheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 200 ml Whole Milk
  • 200 ml Full Fat Yoghurt


  • Preheat the oven to 230°C
  • In a mixing bowl add the plain flour, wholewheat flour, salt, baking soda & sugar, then mix it well, this is dry ingredients. Next, add milk into yoghurt and mix it. Then pour it into dry ingredients.
    Mix ingredients
  • Give all ingredients a good mix until there is no dry flour, but be careful not to overwork the dough.
    Mix ingredients
  • Take dough out of the bowl and put it on to a floured work surface. Bring it together and form into a round shape. This is rustic bread, so if the top of bread has some wrinkles it is ok. Transfer to the cast iron pan or baking tray with baking sheet.
    Roll the dough into a ball
  • Next flatten the dough slightly and dust a little flour on the dough, this will make it easier to score. Use a Knife to score a deep cross in the top of the dough, this is to bless the bread and to help it rise. Then go into each quarter of the dough and poke a hole to let the fairies out.
    Soda bread dough
  • Put it into oven, change the temperature to 210°C, bake for 35-40 minutes or until soda bread is golden on the outside and cooked thourgh.
    soda bread
  • Let it cool on a wire rack, then enjoy your lovely bread. Its best with butter!
    Soda bread



How to check soda bread is cooked: Tap the base of bread if is sounds hollow that means it is cooked. 
Cost: 1
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: baking, bread, brown bread, irish bread, irish soda bread, soda bread

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