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Soda bread is definitely the easiest bread to make – there’s (virtually) no kneading, no yeast involved and no letting the dough rise. Unlike yeasted breads, you can decide to make soda bread 30 minutes before dinner –  its the ultimate convenience bread!

Here’s what you need to make it (these quantities make a ‘baby’ loaf perfect for accompanying 2 people for dinner – if you want a larger loaf, just double the quantities.

  • 250g wholemeal bread flour (you can also use plain flour, it isn’t necessary to use bread flour)
  • 5g salt
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 150ml buttermilk, yoghurt, milk or water. If you’re making this bread on the fly, you likely won’t have buttermilk on hand so your best bet is to mix up about 100ml milk with some natural yoghurt
  • Sunflower seeds
  • honey

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6. Combine the dry ingredients together in a bowl

Dry stuff

Wet stuff

Mix the dry ingredients and the yoghurt/milk/buttermilk together and it will quickly form a dough. Don’t bother kneading it past the point where its holding together – you don’t need to – yay!

Next I added a couple of teaspoons of honey and about the same of sunflower seeds and kneaded those in.

Before shaping into a round and cutting a deep cross through the dough to give it that classic soda bread look

Roughly 25 minutes later (or when it sounds hollow when you tap the base) the soda bread is done! Cool it on a wire rack and then apply butter.

Now apply to face.