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Soda bread

If you're struggling to get bread in the supermarket, and you don't have any yeast, try this quick Soda Bread recipe. On the table in an hour and no yeast required! You can also make it with pretty much any flour that comes to hand. Traditionally, Irish Soda Bread used buttermilk but in this recipe, we show you how to use milk and yoghurt as an easy replacement. Quick, easy and tasty - what are you waiting for!


500g Flour*
12g Salt
12g Sugar
6g Bicarbonate of Soda
200g Tap Water
250g Buttermilk**


* Flour  Ideally, 250g of self-raising and then 250g of something of your choice - it does not need to be strong flour, but you can use that if you have it.

** Buttermilk  If you can’t get buttermilk, combine 190g Natural Yoghurt with 60g Milk.

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  1. Weigh the flour(s) into a good-sized mixing bowl. Add in the salt, bicarbonate of soda and sugar and stir to combine.
  2. Add the water to the buttermilk in a jug or bowl and whisk to combine. If using the substitute, mix the yoghurt and milk together and then add the water to this mixture. Don’t worry if the milk slightly splits, this is the acid in the yoghurt. Pour the resulting mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir all of the ingredients together using a wooden spoon until all combined into a soft dough. Once it’s almost there, tip it onto the worktop and bring all the final bits of flour together with your hands.
    Shape into a ball and place on a baking tray, or roll into a cylinder and place it in a loaf tin.
  4. At this point, turn on the oven and preheat to 200℃ (392℉).
  5. Cover the dough with a linen cloth or tea-towel and leave to rest for 15 minutes or so whilst the oven pre-heats. It won’t really increase in size much during this time.
  6. Put the tray (or loaf tin) in the oven and immediately spray water inside liberally with a spray bottle to create steam. Quickly shut the door and turn the oven down to 180℃ (356℉). Set your timer for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the 30 mins have passed, take the Soda Bread out of the oven and remove it from the tray. Place the loaf on a rack to cool and, after 45 or 60 minutes, you can slice (or tear) and enjoy!

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