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


  • calories 207
  • carbs 36
  • saturated fat 1
  • sugar 4
  • protein 7
  • fat 2
  • fibre 5
  • salt 1.3


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.