Soda Bread Recipe With Homemade Kefir Butter

Spring onion and turmeric kefir soda bread

  • makes 1 large loaf
  • Easy

Serve your golden homemade soda bread (made with kefir, spring onions and rolled porridge oats) with lashings of salted kefir butter


Make our easy onion and turmeric soda bread, then try more bread recipes without yeast, such as our classic Irish soda bread and sourdough bread.



  • coriander seeds 2 tsp
  • plain flour 225g, plus extra for dusting
  • wholemeal flour 225g
  • ground turmeric 2 tsp
  • bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • fine sea salt 1 tsp
  • butter 25g, diced and chilled
  • rolled porridge oats 75g
  • spring onions 4, finely sliced
  • kefir 375ml


  • unsalted butter 150g, softened
  • kefir 2 tbsp
  • sea salt flakes ½ tsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Toast the coriander seeds in a small pan for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant, then lightly crush using a pestle and mortar. Leave to cool while you make the dough.

  • Step 2

    Mix together the flours, turmeric, bicarbonate of soda and sea salt in a large bowl. Use your fingers to rub in the butter cubes until only small crumbs remain. Stir in the porridge oats, spring onions and coriander seeds. Pour the kefir over and use a palette knife or round-bladed knife to quickly mix in. Tip everything out onto a lightly floured worksurface and use your hands to gently knead into a smooth-ish dough. Shape into a 20cm round loaf with a flat top, and lift onto a flour-dusted baking sheet. Use a small, sharp knife to score a deep cross into the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crusty and the base of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack while wrapped in a tea towel to soften the crust.

  • Step 3

    To make the kefir butter, use an electric whisk to whip together the butter, kefir and salt. Keep chilled until ready to serve with the bread.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 314
  • Fat 13.1g
  • Saturates 7.6g
  • Carbs 39.4g
  • Sugars 2.2g
  • Fibre 4.1g
  • Protein 7.6g
  • Salt 1g