I never thought I could make my own bread. Patience is not one of my strengths. I would lose interest quickly if I had to wait for a loaf of bread to rise and prove. I discovered a soda bread recipe at the start of lockdown, and after some experimentation, I have perfected it. Check out my fool-proof 30-minute bread loaf recipe.
Successful bread baking is an art, and as much as kneading bread can be therapeutic or stress-reducing, sometimes we don’t have the time. I love the idea of making my own bread but hate getting the sticky mess on my hands and under my nails. Being a very impatient person, waiting for the dough to rise is not something I am good at.
Even if you are a baking novice, soda bread is the easiest way to make tasty homemade bread. It is incredibly quick to do too. I couldn’t believe it worked the first time. The 30-minute bread no yeast, no proving, no waiting – is perfect. Plus, no stand mixer or dough hook to clean afterwards.
30-minute bread recipe
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper or Greaseproof paper
- Wooden spoon
- Mixing bowl
- Kitchen weighing scales
- Measuring spoons
- 200 grams of self-raising flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100 grams natural yoghurt (I generally use fat-free)
- Preheat the oven to 200 or gas mark 6
- Line the baking tin with parchment or greaseproof paper
- Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl
- Add the yoghurt and bring the dough together with a wooden spoon. You may need to add warm water, do this a tablespoon at a time.
- Press the dough mixture out in a circle on the tray
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the bread sounds hollow when you tap on the underside
- Cool on a wire rack, and make sure it is cool before cutting
If you prefer, you can use whole wheat flour or a mix of the two. Unfortunately, this recipe is not suitable for gluten-free. I tried making it with rice flour, and it did not rise well and had a grainy texture. Sorry!
Let’s add some flavour!
This recipe is so versatile, and if you want to experiment, you can add other ingredients. These could be garlic, sundried tomatoes, mixed fresh herbs, cheese, chilli or jalapeno, Guinness or ale, a tablespoon or two of pesto – the list goes on…
I play around with different flavours all of the time. A recent favourite was onion, mushroom and bacon. Plus, coriander, black onion seeds and mango chutney as an alternative to naan bread when having a curry. I have even made sweet versions adding some sugar or sweetener, grated apple and raspberries.
Olive and Rosemary Bread
Add 30 grams of sliced black olives and a spring of chopped rosemary, stir into the flour mixture before adding the yoghurt.
Add a teaspoon of garlic granules and mixed dried herbs, plus six crushed fresh garlic cloves. Stir into the flour mixture before you add the yoghurt. Thinly slice 2-3 cloves and push into the top of the bread before putting it in the oven.
Fry off half a red onion and half a pepper (both diced), allow to cool slightly and stir into the flour mixture. Plus, a teaspoon of dried oregano. Add a tablespoon or two of red pesto when you add the yoghurt or tomato puree. Top the bread with grated cheese before putting it in the oven.
Naan Style Bread
Add a teaspoon of both black onion seeds and dried coriander to the dry mixture. (Or use fresh if you prefer.) When adding the yoghurt, also add a tablespoon or two of mango chutney.
Carrot Cake Bread
Grate a large carrot and add to the flour mixture plus a tablespoon of caster or light brown sugar, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon or mixed spice, and 50 grams of sultanas.
Will you be making my soda bread?
You are supposed to allow the bread to cool before cutting it. But sometimes I can’t wait and love eating a slice with melted butter.
I’d love to know if you make may easy soda bread recipe? If you need any help with making the above or any of my recipes, including my extensive slow cooker recipes, bakes, cakes, and sweet treats. Please feel free to DM me on Instagram @RealGirlsWobble.