Oaty Soda Bread

Is it possible to have homemade bread without time, effort, yeast, kneading, proving or a bread machine? Indeed it is with the magic of soda bread. Whip up a loaf in under an hour with just 10 minutes preparation. I make soda bread with oats, wholemeal flour and plain flour as it's more healthy and I like the flavour.

Soda bread is quite dense and filling. It's lovely with soup, cheese and chutney or pate. Soda bread is also delicious toasted and spread with jam or marmalade for breakfast.

I bake soda bread in a loaf tin as I find it easier to slice, but traditionally it's baked on a flat baking sheet and has a big cross cut in the top.

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Oaty Soda Bread: Makes 1 loaf, around 15 slices:

Time:  10 mins prep + 45 mins baking

Cost:  5p per slice*

Calories:  129 per slice*

*based on 15 slices

  • 200g wholemeal flour
  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g oats, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 450ml milk mixed with 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas 6 / 200 C.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk and lemon juice. Mix together using a blunt knife until just combined. If it's a little too wet, add a little more flour, but try to keep the dough more wet than dry.
  3. Pour into a greased loaf tin and sprinkle with oats. Alternatively, place on a greased baking sheet and make a cross shape using a sharp knife in the top of the dough. Bake for around 45 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Allow to cool and slice.

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