Irish Soda Bread

I love this alternative to a long rising yeast bread.

The secret to the rise is the reaction between the acid in the curdled milk and the bicarbonate soda.

It’s made and in the oven in 5 minutes … No kneading required! What’s not to love?!

  • 1 cup plain spelt flour
  • 3 cups wholemeal spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 2 cups milk of choice (I have used oat, rice or soy)
  • 2tsp apple cider vinegar

Combine milk and vinegar and whisk vigorously until frothy. (Speed 4, 12 seconds). Set aside.

Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and use a whisk to combine them well (speed 4, 10 seconds)

Add milk mix to dry mix and mix until combined (speed 4, 8 seconds, scrape and repeat).


Tip mix (it’ll be quite sticky) into a lined baking tray. Using wet hands, firm it into a loaf shape and use a sharp knife to slash the top.


Place into a preheated 220C oven and then after 15 mins turn down to 190C and cook for a further 15-20 mins, until loaf is well risen, golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.

Transfer to a write rack to cool and then slice.


This freezes and defrost well.

Enjoy 🙂

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