Simple Soda Bread

There are few treats as comforting and delicious as freshly baked bread, and we often forget how easy it is to make. One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 is to try new recipes and make more meals from scratch. Whilst watching Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers, I discovered this soda bread recipe.

If you’re as impatient as myself when it comes to cooking, then this is the perfect recipe for you and can be completed start to finish in under 30 minutes, which must be some kind of record for bread! Ready, set, bake!


225g wholemeal flour
225g plain flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
250ml plain yoghurt
100ml milk


Preheat the oven to 220°C. Once the oven is hot put a large casserole dish and it’s lid into the oven.

Combine the two flours, salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl. Pour the milk and yoghurt into the dry ingredients and work the mixture until it forms a soft dough. Shape the dough into a flat-ish round loaf.

Carefully remove the hot casserole dish from the oven and lightly dust with flour, so that the dough does not stick. Put the loaf into the dish and score a cross onto the top of your loaf, as this makes it easier to serve. Put the lid on the pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Once the bread is baked, it is best served warm with butter and is a perfect accompaniment to soup.