Soda Bread – recipe

Soda Bread - recipe
Soda bread recipe

Hello everyone,

It’s freezing here at Champers HQ. Here’s a very quick recipe for a yeast-less bread, with only 4 ingredients.


  • 300g wholewheat spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 250ml buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 8. Place an empty baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients together into a large bowl.  Make a well in the centre.
  3. Pour the buttermilk into the well, and quickly mix the ingredients together to form a wet, sticky dough.
  4. Turn out onto a well floured surface.  Be careful not to over mix the dough – think ‘less is more’.
  5. Using floured hands, shape the dough into a ball.
  6. Take the baking sheet from the oven and place the dough on it. Be careful not to burn yourself on the baking sheet.
  7. Flour the handle of a wooden spoon, then lay across the dough and push down about half way through. Turn the dough 90 degrees and push the handle down again to form a cross. This will help the bread to bake evenly.
  8. Place the bread in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the bread makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
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I usually make my own buttermilk, which I think makes for a better loaf. If you would like  me to post about how to make your own buttermilk and butter, please let me know in the comments below.

I have other bread recipes – check out my focaccia and my Roman bread recipes. Hope you like them 🙂

Thanks for reading.


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