A quick and easy nourishing Soda Bread

I love baking bread with the girls especially this time of year when the days are getting shorter and slower. There is nothing quite like the smell of bread warming through the house. Sometimes though there is just not enough time in the day to wait patiently for fresh yeasted bread to rise and bake so I came up with this super easy and oh so quick soda bread recipe. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the soda creating the bread to rise and it also gives such a creamy flavour too. We’ve topped ours with a mixture of seeds (pumpkin and sesame) but you can use any seeds you feel like. It literally takes ten minutes to pull together and a further 30 minutes in the oven. It’s so easy Helena can make this on her own while Florence always asks to top it with the seeds! Here’s the recipe:


-250g plain white flour
-1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
-1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
-About 250ml buttermilk


Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Gradually pour in the buttermilk and mix together using a metal spoon until you have a sticky dough. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly for a minute and then form into a round. Pop the round onto a floured baking tray (or a piece of greaseproof paper) and using a sharp, serrated knife, cut a cross in the dough. Slightly pull the cross apart and brush the top with a little leftover buttermilk and sprinkle your seed mixture over. Bake in a preheated oven 200 degree C for 30 minutes until the bread is golden and it sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Allow to cool slightly for ease of cutting and serve with smoked butter and a hot bowl of soup.

Having made some for friends for Thanksgiving we parcelled each bread up in reams of Liberty fabric to gift. I think it would make a wonderful teacher gift at Christmas time too wrapped in a Holiday tea towel.

Vanessa x


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