Friday, April 11

Simple Soda Bread

The weekend is on its way, Spring is upon us and the sun is shining.

Whilst I'm sat in the middle of the countryside, home alone with my darling grandmother, the baking spree is in full swing. (So are the constant gym sessions to counteract this, my thighs are currently dead.)
I thought I'd start simple and whip up some bread for us to have for lunch. The beautiful thing about soda bread is that it takes less than an hour and a half to make, is highly flexible and is very filling.
Simple, quick & diverse baking at its best!

To make your own soda bread, you will need:

- 500g strong white plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1tsp salt
- 400ml buttermilk

For buttermilk substitutes:
- If you have some regular, plain yogurt to hand then use 200mls (2/3 cup) yogurt to 50mls (1/3 cup) milk. If you have Greek yogurt only then use equal quantities of Greek yogurt and milk.
- Alternatively you can sour some milk by adding some acid (like I have done below). Pour 400mls milk into a jug and stir in 2 (15ml) tablespoon of lemon juice or white wine vinegar. Stir well and leave to stand for 5 minutes before using.
Preheat your oven to 200C/180 fan and line a baking tray with parchment or silicone paper.

Weigh out all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

Make up the buttermilk if needed.
Then pour into the dry ingredients to form a sticky dough.

Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape it quickly into a ball.
Slide onto a baking tray and flatten slightly.
Cover a knife in flour (to stop it sticking from the dough), and cut deeply into quarters. (Almost but not quite through to the base).

Dust with a little flour and slide into the oven for 30 minutes.
It should come out of the oven golden brown and hollow when tapped on the bottom.

And there you have it, home made bread within an hour.
Yes, I know I isn't exactly 'proper' bread making and soda bread is a lot denser and a different texture compared to a crusty cob, but it does the job well for a quick, tasty fix!

Lather each slice up with which ever toppings take your fancy, (I'm an avocado girl myself), and tuck in!

A simple, hearty recipe that is full of uses and flexible for a thousand flavours. If you fancy spicing it up a bit, add some grated cheese to the dough or maybe even some chopped raw onion.
Have a play around and let me know your winning combinations!



  1. Absolutely love soda bread and it's so easy to make!

  2. Ooooooh yummy scrummy!!
    I'd have to play around a bit for a dairy-free substitute but I'm sure it'd work like a dream.
    Also, avos and toms are such a divine combo - I hear ya sister
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. Agreed Ibbs! I swear, I could live off avocado. Such a dream! xx

  3. This looks delish! I love soda bread. We made it at Leith's one day and I made it so many times afterwards just because it was so simple and yummy.

    Great to have you back blogging regularly, we missed you! :)

    Caroline x

    1. Naww Caroline. You're so sweet. I felt horrendous/racked with guilt on my 'little blogging break'. I missed you guys too! xx

  4. I've never made bread. I've made pizza dough, but never actual bread!
    Soda bread is on my list, and this one is definitely getting pinned. Don't have my own kitchen right now, but as soon as I do, I am making this baby!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

    1. Definitely give it a go! Personally I'd start with some proper bread first as it's way more satisfying. Happy baking Teffy! :) xx

  5. I love sourdough bread, especially as it doesn't use yeast!

    I didn't know about that knife trick though - will have to use that one.

    Hmm maybe...

    1. I've never actually made a sourdough... On the list of things to do!! xx

  6. I need to make this!! Maybe when I'm home and have bread-eaters around me I will!!

    Agreed with Caroline. We really did miss you Emily!

    Katie <3

    1. Thanks Katie! I missed you guys too... It's odd not blogging for a little bit! Me no likey. xx

  7. Butter and jam tends to be my favourite! But the avocado and tomato combination sounds interesting too - inspiration for lunch tomorrow!

    1. Ahhh. There is without a doubt, no better combination than molten butter & jam! Good shout Emma! xx


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