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.


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


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


  • 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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