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If you thought all bread took hours in the kitchen and involved lots of hands-on kneading and shaping, then think again! If you want to get something on the table in the next hour, then this is the recipe for you. Soda bread is a hearty accompaniment that can turn a few simple ingredients into a great meal. Try it slathered in butter with a warming soup, or alongside a cheese board and crunchy salad.

Prep: 15 minutes; Cooking: 20 minutes


150g strong (bread) white flour

100g plain wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

250ml buttermilk



1. Preheat the oven to 225oC. Measure out the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and mix them together.

2. Pour in the buttermilk and stir the ingredients together until no dry flour remains. Add a little more buttermilk, or a dash of milk, if the mixture seems dry.

3. Lightly flour your work surface and turn out the dough. Shape the dough into a ball and coat it in the flour.

4. Place the dough on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cut a deep cross into the ball of dough, almost down to the tray.

5. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the base sounds hollow when tapped and the loaf is browned.


Cool the loaf a little and then enjoy! Note that soda bread is best eaten the day it’s made.


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