Simple Soda Bread

  • Simple Soda Bread Recipe
  • Simple soda bread recipe ingredients
  • Under 10 minutes to prepare
  • 10-30 minutes to cook
  • 1 small loaf
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make

250ml full fat milk
½ tsp lemon juice
300g wholemeal self-raising flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 200°C / 180°C / gas mark 6 then line a baking tray

Step 2 

Squeeze the lemon into the milk and stir together. Leave for about 5 minutes. This creates a ‘homemade’ buttermilk, which is the traditional milk used for soda bread

Step 3 

Sift the flour and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Add the ‘buttermilk’ and stir to create a dough

Step 4

Tip the dough onto a floured work top and add a sprinkle of extra flour if too sticky. Bring together by lightly kneading into a round loaf, then place onto the lined baking sheet.  Cut a cross across the middle of the loaf – around 2cm into the loaf (this helps the dough to cook in the centre)

Step 5

Bake for around 30 minutes until golden and hollow sounding if tapped on the bottom


  • Gluten ingredients
  • Wheat
  • Dairy ingredients

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Recipe notes 

Serve warm but not hot with unsalted butter, maybe with some honey for 12 months+. Slice when cooled for sandwiches, or serve with a soup or stew.

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