Soda bread: make and bake this tasty loaf in minutes

No kneading or proving is required in our soda bread recipe, and it's a great option if you're short on time, or want to prepare a yeast-free loaf...

how to make soda bread: a loaf of soda bread with raisins on a chopping board
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You'll be pleased to know that this soda bread recipe is easily the quickest, least labour-intensive loaf of bread you'll ever make. Making soda bread requires no kneading or proving – in fact, you can have yourself a soda bread loaf ready to bake in a matter of minutes. And it's yeast free, which is handy to those with an intolerance or sensitivity. 

Oh, and did we mention that this bread is low carb, which is great if you're making adjustments to your diet? It enhances the feeling of fullness and is packed full of nutrients. This bread is truly a wonder. 

Follow our super simple soda bread recipe and you'll be preparing tasty loaves in no time. All you'll need are a few ingredients to get you started, and you're ready to bake. To find out how to make bread (the more traditional kind), see our guide. Then, for more recipe ideas and inspiration, head over to our food hub.

Soda bread recipe


  • Flour, 500 grams (you could opt for 500 grams of wholemeal flour, or opt for 250 grams of wholemeal and 250 grams of plain white flour for a slightly lighter loaf)
  • Bicarbonate of soda, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, a pinch or two
  • A large free-range egg
  • Buttermilk, 400 ml (alternatively, combine 400 ml of whole milk with the juice of one lemon)
  • Optional: finely chopped rosemary or raisins


1. Combine your dry ingredients – that's flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda – in a large bowl. You can add rosemary, or raisins at this stage, should you choose to.

2. Add your buttermilk to the bowl, stirring until a large blob of dough is formed.

3. Transfer to the work surface, which you should cover in flour, and shape to form a  ball.

4. Cut a large cross on the top side of the dough, then transfer to a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes at 200ºC/180ºC fan oven/gas mark 6, or until golden brown. 

Soda bread serving suggestions

Soda bread tastes its best while it's still warm – enjoy it for breakfast with butter and jam or marmalade. Or, as a base for avocado smash. You can also use it later for dipping into soups and stews. Yum.

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