Basil and Parmesan Soda Bread

Although I'm nuts about my breadmaker, there is something wonderful about soda bread. It requires no yeast, fancy gadgets or extensive preparation. It's hearty and comforting smothered with jam or dunked into homemade soup.

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This Basil and Parmesan Soda Bread is so easy to make but is full of flavour. It goes really well with homemade tomato soup or hearty vegetable soups like sweet potato soup. It's great to make with kids as it is so quick.

Basil and Parmesan Soda Bread

  • Serves: 8 at least with soup
  • Time:  10 mins prep + 45 mins baking
  • Cost:  8p per serving
  • Calories:  282 per serving


  • 450ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 500g plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 75g finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil OR 1 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6 / 200 C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Sprinkle the baking paper liberally with flour.
  2. Mix the milk and lemon juice together and put to one side. It will sour and thicken.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt until well combined. 
  4. Stir through the grated Parmesan cheese so it is evenly distributed through the flour.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk and lemon juice mixture along with the basil.
  6. Mix everything together using a blunt knife until just combined. If it's a little too wet, add some flour but not so much it becomes dry.
  7. Form into a round flat-ish shape and place on the lined baking sheet. Give it a good dusting of flour and cut a deep cross shape a third of the way through the dough. 
  8. Bake for around 45 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. It should make a hollow sound when tapped. Allow to cool before slicing.