Soda Bread

We’d run out of bread so I decided to make some. I didn’t want to spend hours proving dough so I made soda bread. From start to finish it took about an hour! 

Soda bread is an Irish bread which uses bicarbonate of soda instead of yeast to give it the rise. You can make brown or white soda bread, simply by changing between plain or wholemeal flour. You can either make “cake” or farls. Cake is what the traditional loaf is called – usually round and cut almost into 4. Farls are small triangles of soda bread which are baked on a heavy frying pan or a griddle. I chose to make the “cake”.

This is possibly the simplest bread you can make. Here are the ingredients.

  • 450g plain flour
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp heaped bicarbonate of soda
  • 200-300ml milk

Simple as that.

soda bread - dry ingredients

Mix them all together. Don’t mix it any more than you need to to get all the ingredients combined and away from the edges of the bowl.

Move it to a flour dusted heavy baking sheet and cut it into 4 almost all the way to sheet.

soda bread - ready for oven

Now bake in the middle of your oven at 230 Celsius for 10 minutes before reducing the temperature to 205 for 35 more minutes.

soda bread - baked

And that’s it. Take it out of the oven and rest on a rack. You can either leave it on the rack for a super crusty crust or wrap it in a tea towel for a slightly softer crust.

About an hour from start to finish. Probably give it 10 minutes to cool before eating though! Enjoy!!

soda bread - sliced

One thing that I love about this recipe is that it is incredibly versatile in regards to flavours. For example, my wife has made a cheese and jalapeño soda bread in the past, as well as smoked bacon and onion. You can also make sweet sofa bread if that is your preference.



  1. July 2, 2018

    Any idea if this works with other flour? I’ve got a load of spelt and rye flour to get through!

    • It might do. Rye flour might be hard though but I guess spelt could work. Definitely worth some research.

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