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Wholemeal Soda Bread

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3 Reviews

Total Time
1h 15m
Prep Time
Bake Time
Serves 12
Serves 12

About the bake

This wholemeal soda bread recipe is so quick and easy to make as it does not need yeast or proving!

Instead of making a cross, just bake the bread as round rolls and then once cooled, slice off the top, remove the soft bread inside to make a hollow bowl and fill with your favourite homemade soup!

To make this wholemeal soda bread recipe dairy-free or vegan, simply replace the buttermilk with dairy free milk plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.

If you enjoyed baking this recipe, give our beer and cheese soda bread a go!

5 ingredients5 steps


    1. Step 1

      Preheat the oven to 230°C (fan 210°C, gas mark 8).

    2. Step 2

      Place the flour, caster sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and then the buttermilk.

    3. Step 3

      Bring together to give a soft dough, fold over once or twice until smooth but don’t over knead as you need to keep as much air as possible in the dough.

    4. Step 4

      Turn the dough out onto a greased baking tray and shape into a round 4cm deep. Cut a deep cross in the centre to divide into 4, without cutting all the way through. Dust with a little extra flour before baking.

    5. Step 5

      Bake the bread immediately for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6) and bake for a further 30 minutes until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.


      • 500gAllinson's seed & grain wholemeal bread flour 
      • 400mlButtermilk 
      • 1 tspSalt 
      • 1 tspSilver Spoon White Caster Sugar 
      • 2 tspBicarbonate of soda 


    • Mixing bowl

    3 Baker Ratings

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    Yum! I made this because I didn’t have any yeast. Absolutely loved the results

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