Finished soda bread decorated with mint and rosemary.
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How to Make Soda Bread

I made this just to try it out as I have not made soda bread before. I cannot remember if I have tasted one. This shows that I do not eat a lot of bread.

I found this recipe when a friend of mine was trying to bake bread but could not get any yeast due to the lock-down. And when she ordered, one of her friends checked online and told her to buy yeast. She bought it and it turns out to be nutritional yeast!! So me being me and trying to be helpful, I suggested some recipes for her. This is one that I came across in twitter. It’s by Dr Chris Headleand @ChrisHeadlean. I have several recipe books on bread. But… I hardly use them. I must admit, I do make a good desk-top baker!

The recipe is easy to make and is it fantastic to do it if you have young children.  It is fool proof.  I have tried it a few times and each time it comes out good, except that I found out my oven heat is a bit low and I have to add in extra time. So now I know how to time and heat the oven properly.

Here are some photos. The recipe is below the photos. If you try the recipe please share your art-work in social media and tag me at [email protected], facebook [email protected] lassie, twitter @nyonyarecipe.

Happy Baking!

Penang Lassie


Ingredients for Soda Bread
Ingredients all ready to make bread, all very fast.


The dough is slashed and ready for the ove
The dough is slashed and sprinkled with herbs and ready for the oven.


The soda bread is fresh from the oven.
The Soda bread is done. All nicely risen. Cannot wait to try it.


Finished soda bread decorated with mint and rosemary.
Freshly baked soda bread with fresh mint and rosemary from the garden.


Picture of soda bread with shadows across it.
OK, just trying to be artistic. Taking a shot with shadow casts by the fly net on the door.


Freshly baked bread with (vegan) butter.
Cannot wait to try the soda bread, with butter. It tastes so good.


Finished soda bread decorated with mint and rosemary.
Freshly baked soda bread with fresh mint and rosemary from the garden.



Easy Soda Bread

A easy Soda Bread recipe you can try at home. It can be made vegan by using plant milk and plant butter.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Baking time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Baking Soda, Bread, Easy, Flour, Lemon Juice, Lock-down, Milk
Servings: 1 loaf
Cost: £0.45


  • Weighing Scale
  • Baking Tray
  • Spatula


Dry Ingredients

  • 200 g plain white flour
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 200 ml milk or plant milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice of vinegar
  • 1 tbs melted butter or vegan butter

Optional Ingredients

  • Sesame seeds
  • dried herbs like parsley or chives


  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Combine all the wet ingredients together.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pour the wet ingredient into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until it forms a ball.
    You can use your hands if you want.
  • Tip the dough onto a well flour surface and gently knead a few times and shape into a ball.
  • Place the dough on a well floured baking tray.
  • Cut a deep cross so that the bread can bake evenly.
  • If you are using herbs or sesame, sprinkle them on it now.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, depending on your oven. When done it should sound hollow when you tap it with your fingers.

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