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115Total Time
30Prep Time
45Bake Time

Wholemeal Soda Bread

3 Reviews

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!

115Total Time
30Prep Time
45Bake Time


  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.


    • 500g Allinson's seed & grain wholemeal bread flour
    • 400ml Buttermilk
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 1 tsp Silver Spoon White Caster Sugar
    • 2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda


  • Mixing bowl

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