Try our cheese soda bread recipe or check out our classic soda bread, tiger bread and laminated milk bread.

How to make soda bread

Soda bread is easy because you can make it without yeast, extensive kneading or proving. It’s best eaten within a couple of days, or you can slice and freeze it to toast later. If you can’t get buttermilk, just add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white wine vinegar to 250ml of whole milk, stir, and leave to sit for 5 minutes.

Cheese soda bread recipe


  • 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • 250ml buttermilk


  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 100g salted butter, at room temperature


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the flours, bicarb and 1½ tsp salt in a bowl. Add the cheese, keeping a small handful back, and toss together. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft but not too sticky dough.

  • STEP 2

    Knead briefly then form into a ball. Put on a floured baking sheet and slash a cross on top. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when you tap the bottom. Meanwhile, mix the butter and spring onions together, and tip into a serving dish.

  • STEP 3

    Serve the soda bread just-warm, with the spring onion butter on the side.


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