Irish soda bread made with yoghurt

Today I had a sudden desire to make soda bread. I do not know where this came from but it did not seem such a bad idea! I did a little internet search for some recipes but found that they all seemed to use buttermilk. I do not have buttermilk at home and although I had a lemon I did not have any cow’s milk. So therefore I found recipe that used yoghurt. The wonders of the internet!

Irish Soda Bread is made with only the most basic of ingredients: flour, baking soda (used as a leavening agent instead of yeast), soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt.

There is a little adage that comes with making this bread

mix dry
add wet

An hour later…



500 grams flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups plain yoghurt


  1. Heat oven to 215oC. Grease a cake pan and set aside.
  2. Stir together flour, soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Stir yogurt into the flour mixture by the 1/2 cup until dough sticks together and forms a ball shape
  4. Knead lightly and roll into a ball.
  5. Place into greased cake pan, and press down lightly to make it a bit flatter.
  6. Make a cut in the top of the dough, about 1/2″ deep.
  7. Cover the pan with a sheet of foil tented (to give room for the bread to rise), or turn another cake pan upside down over it.
  8.  Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove cover and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Best served hot.


As usual I modified it somewhat, adding a teaspoon of organic honey and a teaspoon of maple syrup. When it came out of the oven I cut myself a slice and slathered it with honey. Very nice.


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