Irish Soda Bread - Yeast-free Bread with Sodium Bicarbonate

Virtual travel to Anglo-Saxon countries? Let's do it together by preparing a typical recipe: Irish Soda Bread, a kind of homemade yeast-free bread that uses baking soda and buttermilk (also homemade) as an alternative to the classic brewer's yeast.

With a similar preparation, you can also prepare the Irish Soda Pizza

There are many sweet and savory yeast-free recipes that you can prepare.

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Identity Card of the Recipe

  • 194 KCal Calories per serving
  • Ingrediants

    • 250 g of white flour of type 00
    • 150 g of wholemeal flour
    • 100 g of oat flakes
    • 500 g (250 g of soy yogurt + 250 ml of soy milk + 10 ml of lemon) of buttermilk
    • 10 g of baking soda
    • 12 g of salt

    Materials Needed

    • Bowl
    • Sieve
    • Hinged pan with a diameter of 22 cm
    • Baking paper
    • Wooden spoon
    • Spatula for pizza
    • Knife


    1. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C (static)
    2. In a bowl, sift the white flour and mix the wholemeal flour with a part of the oat flakes (about 80 grams) and with the salt.
    3. In the center, pour the baking soda (previously sifted) and slowly add the buttermilk.

    How is buttermilk prepared?
    Buttermilk is a by-product of butter widely used in Anglo-Saxon countries, America and the East: it appears as a thick white, acidic liquid, and has a similar appearance to cheese whey. It is obtained by acidifying the residual liquid from the production of butter: the whey is then left to ferment by lactic bacteria naturally present in the product.
    Buttermilk is a product that is difficult to find in Italy: for this reason, we suggest preparing it at home by mixing yogurt or soy yogurt (for the vegan version) and milk (or soy milk) in equal quantities, and adding a tablespoon of lemon juice. (acidifier). The mixture should be left to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.

    1. Work all the ingredients quickly: at the end, you will get a rather soft mixture.
    2. Using a spatula, shape the dough to form a ball.
    3. Slide the dough onto the floured pastry board and add the oat flakes.

    Did you know that
    As an alternative to wholemeal flour, you can use other cereals such as: kamut, spelled, etc. The dough can be enriched with sesame seeds or linseed.

    1. Place the dough in a mold lined with baking paper and make a cross cut: the incision will help to release the leavening gases during cooking.
    2. Place in the oven immediately and bake at 200 ° C (static) for 30 minutes. After half an hour, remove the soda bread from the mold and finish cooking in the oven for another 10 minutes.
    3. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and serve sliced.

    Alice's comment - PersonalCooker

    The pleasantly compact consistency and the acidic aftertaste make the soda bread perfect for holding butter and jam, or legume soups.

    Nutritional values ​​and Health Comment on the recipe

    Irish Soda Bread is a food belonging to the group of bread and the like.
    It has a significant but not too high energy intake, provided mainly by carbohydrates, followed by proteins and finally by lipids.
    Carbohydrates are mainly complex, peptides of medium biological value and unsaturated fatty acids.
    Fiber is present in high quantities while cholesterol is irrelevant.
    This Yeast-Free Bread with Sodium Bicarbonate is suitable for most diets and lends itself more than the traditional one to the diet for overweight, hyperglycemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertriglyceridemia.
    Contains gluten and must be excluded from the nutritional schemes for celiacs.
    The abundance of fiber can increase bowel movement.
    It is relevant to the lacto ovo vegetarian and vegan philosophy.
    The average portion as a snack is 50-60 g (about 95-115 kcal).
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