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Soda Bread

What makes soda bread is, well, bicarbonate of soda! Most risen bread uses yeast and needs time to prove. Soda bread speeds the whole process up but tends to have a slightly heavier texture. If you have not made bread before this is a good one to start with.

Serves: 10
Time to prepare: 10 mins
Time to cook: 35 mins
Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Vegan


  • 300g/10½ oz plain flour
  • 50g/1¾ oz bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 300ml/10fl oz oat milk


  1. Sift the flours into a large bowl and stir in the salt, bicarbonate of soda and herbs.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the oat milk and stir.
  3. Make a well in the flour and gradually add the milk and lemon juice mixture.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, then your hand, start to fold the flour into the liquid to create a dough.
  5. Turn your dough out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle a little additional flour over the top and knead briefly.
  6. Place your dough onto a lightly floured baking tray and place into the oven on 200°C/390°F/gas mark 6, for 35 minutes.
  7. Carefully turn the bread out onto your work surface and tap the underside of your bread. If you hear a hollow sound the bread is ready. If not, return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
  8. Place your cooked bread onto a cooling rack to cool before slicing.

Cook’s tips: When I made this bread I wanted to give it a little extra flavour, hence adding the mixed herbs. Let your creative spirit flow with your bread. How about adding sliced olives or chilies, sundried tomatoes, seeds or nuts? Think of any other flavoured breads you find in bakeries and supermarkets. You have the basic recipe, time to get creative!


Carol Ann king
09 February, 2022

Looking forward to trying these recipes thank you so much. Xxxx

Frances Willett
06 April, 2022

Very enjoyable. Thank you

Alex Connell
22 April, 2022

Hi Frances glad you enjoyed the soda bread. Alex - Roving Chef for VfL.

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