by James Martin

Try this easy soda bread recipe for when you want bread in a hurry – it's ready in less than an hour with no kneading, proving (or yeast). This makes a small loaf, but you can easily double the recipe and make two.

Each serving provides 215kcal, 8g protein, 43g carbohydrate (of which 3g sugars), 1g fat (of which 0.3g saturates), 1g fibre and 1g salt.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

When made with wholemeal flour, the crumb can sometimes turn a slightly yellowish green. If this colour is quite strong it indicates that there is excess soda in the bread and this can react slightly with the acid in your stomach and cause indigestion, but isn’t harmful in small quantities.


Soda bread is best stored in an airtight container and eaten within a few days of baking.