Classic Soda Bread For My Very First Bread Baking Attempt

I’m really happy with the result, given that this is the first time I’m making bread! On the other hand, this is probably the easiest bread recipe on earth, which was the only reason why I dared to make this endeavour. All hail Channel 4 Food Recipes for having this recipe!


  • Plain flour: 500g
  • Bicarbonate of soda: 2 tsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Buttermilk: 400g (or live yoghurt)
  • Skimmed milk: 2 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds: 1 tsp


  • Preheat oven at 200 deg.
  • Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda into mixing bowl. Stir in salt.
  • Stir in buttermilk. Add skimmed milk to bring mixture together.
  • Transfer dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead for 1min.
  • Place poppy seeds onto palm of hand and press them down quickly onto top of dough.
  • Use knife to mark a deep cross in dough about 2/3 of its depth.
  • Place onto lightly floured baking sheet and bake 45min on bottom shelf of oven.


  • Refer to the above Channel 4 website for a seedier ‘6-seed soda bread’ alternative.
  • Spread a little honey on top of the bread slices and eat them fresh out of the oven!


  • I used bio-live yoghurt here, which is supposedly a good substitute when one can’t find any buttermilk on supermarket shelves. Not sure if the bread would turn out even softer and lighter if I have used buttermilk instead. That’s for me to find out next time. 🙂

1 medium loaf

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