With no kneading and no waiting you can enjoy warm fresh soda bread in well under an hour.


  • 250g/9oz plain wholemeal flour

  • 250g/9oz plain white flour

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 420ml/15fl oz buttermilk

  • extra flour for dusting


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  • 2.

    In a large bowl, mix together the two types of flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

  • 3.

    Add the buttermilk and mix until a sticky dough forms.

  • 4.

    Lightly flour a work surface and tip the dough onto it.

  • 5.

    Gently roll and fold the dough a couple of times to bring the mixture together. Do not knead.

  • 6.

    Shape the dough into a ball. Flatten the ball gently with your hand. Score the dough with a deep cross dividing it into quarters. Dust the bread with flour.

  • 7.

    Place onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 30 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas 6. The loaf should be golden-brown.

  • 8.

    Leave to cool on a wire rack. This is best eaten on the day of baking.

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