Soda bread


170g plain flour

170g self-raising wholemeal flour

250ml milk

1 x 15ml spoon of lemon juice              

1 x 5ml spoon bicarbonate of soda


Weighing scales, measuring jug, measuring spoon, sieve, large bowl, fork, flour dredger, baking tray, knife, oven gloves, cooling rack.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or gas mark 6.
  2. Stir the lemon juice into the milk to make it curdle.
  3. Sift both flours, and the bicarbonate of soda, into the large bowl.  Tip in the bran from the sieve.
  4. Add the milk and mix everything together quickly to form a soft dough. 
  5. Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly for a few moments to form a round, flattened ball.
  6. Place the dough onto a floured baking tray and score a cross on top of the dough. 
  7. Carefully, place the bread into the hot oven, wearing oven gloves. 
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Wearing oven gloves, remove the bread from the oven, and place onto a cooling rack.

Top tips:

  • Eat whilst the bread is still warm, perhaps with soup.
  • Why not try adding dried fruit or seeds?


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