Easy soda bread

Want a simple bread recipe? This soda bread requires no kneading or proving, is yeast-free and takes mere minutes to prepare. Above all, it's delicious

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 207
  • fat 2g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 36g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 1.3g


  • 500g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary (optional)
  • 400ml whole milk
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp honey


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix together the flour, salt and bicarb in a bowl. And if you’d like rosemary bread, add the chopped rosemary too.

  2. Mix together the milk and lemon juice in a jug, and wait for a minute as it magically turns into buttermilk. Then stir in the honey, and simply pour it into the flour mixture. Stir it with a knife for a minute until the whole thing comes together into a sticky dough.

  3. Tip onto a floured work surface and shape it into a ball.

  4. Put the ball on a floured baking tray and, using a sharp knife, make a deep cross on top.

  5. Put in the oven and bake for 40 mins.

  6. Cool on a wire rack until warm, then slice and serve. 

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