Quick & Easy Soda bread

April 09, 2013

This rustic soda bread is a Paul Hollywood recipe. It is wonderfully simple as it uses neither yeast nor requires kneading; it shouldn't even daunt the least experienced baker. It's a loaf that can realistically be made in time for dinner- perfect if someone has greedily finished up all the bread, you have some unexpected guests, or you're in want of an accompaniment to a pot of soup.

Crunchy crust and soft doughy centre.

500g Plain white flour
1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1tsp Salt
400ml Buttermilk


-Preheat the oven to 200C.
-Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
-Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
-Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough.
-Tip the mixture onto a floured surface and form into a ball.

-Place onto the baking sheet and mark into quarters. Cut deeply into the bread almost, but not quite through to the base. Dust with flour.

-Remove from the oven after aprox 30mins of baking.

(stupid face is optional)

We enjoyed ours with Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato soup.

This awards you with the satisfaction of baking your own bread, without the long and sometimes tricky process. With only four ingredients surely it's worth a go?

I'm certainly going to make this again. Next time I might attempt a sweet loaf with some dried fruit.


  1. I adore soda bread but for some reason I've never tried making some myself, you've inspired me and it is definitely being added to my list! This looks delicious, especially the crunchy crust - I've always eaten my crusts as can be seen from my hair ;)

  2. Oh! I need to start making my own bread! There's nothing better than warm homemade bread and butter yumm x

  3. Oh, yum! I will definitely be giving this one a try! x

  4. TeaDrinkingBookLover16 April 2013 at 10:29

    Yes please do, I hope you enjoy it as I did :) X

  5. TeaDrinkingBookLover16 April 2013 at 10:30

    Nothing beats homemade bread! I will be checking up on you to see if you have made it ;) X

  6. TeaDrinkingBookLover16 April 2013 at 10:31

    Aha judging from your curls you've been eating a lot of crusts ;)
    I'm glad to have inspired you, it's so easy I hope you try it X