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Simple soda bread

Simple soda bread


This easy Irish-style bread doesn’t need any yeast, making it super quick and easy. Buttermilk is traditional, but you can use milk and lemon juice instead.

  • Feeds 8 Feeds 8
  • Ready in 1 hour

Each serving contains

  • Energy
    1096kj 260kcal
  • Fat
    Med 9%
  • Saturates
    Med 16%
  • Sugar
    Low 4%
  • Salt
    Med 23%

% of adult’s reference intake | Carbohydrates per serving : 42g

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  • 375ml Co-op whole milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 250g Co-op plain white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 250g Co-op wholemeal bread flour
  • 1 heaped tsp fine salt
  • 1 heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp Co-op unsalted butter, melted, plus extra to serve


  1. Preheat the oven 230°C/fan 210°C/gas 8. Add the milk and lemon juice to a jug
  2. In a large bowl, mix both flours, the salt and bicarbonate of soda
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, mixing with one hand until you have a soft, sticky dough
  4. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface. With floured hands, fold the sides into the centre and then flip the loaf over and turn it, cupping gently underneath to neaten it up and form a smooth top
  5. Transfer to a lightly floured baking tray and flatten gently into a round, about 4cm thick
  6. Cut a deep cross into the whole loaf (take care not to cut the whole way through), then prick the four sections with the end of your knife
  7. Bake for 10 mins, then lower the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6
  8. Cook for 35-40 mins more, or until the loaf is golden and sounds hollow when you tap it. Immediately brush with melted butter
  9. Serve fresh and warm, spread with more butter