Sylvia Leong is a former healthcare professional who uses her education and experience as a nutritionist and therapeutic personal trainer.
“Wow, you make your own soda bread?”
The idea of making bread conjures up fears of labor-intensive hours in a hot kitchen amongst rolling pins, piles of dirty dishes and white, powdery flour coating everything.
An even worse fear: after all that work, the bread will be a flop.
“Well, you must use a bread maker, right?”
Nope. No bread maker here. I have a serious aversion to clutter and that means I own as few appliances as possible.
Good thing making bread is super easy!
You can bake soda bread on anything: cookie sheet, loaf pan, casserole dish to name a few. Whichever you choose, parchment paper makes it easier to cut and the cleanup less of a hassle.
- Cookie sheet, loaf pan or casserole dish
- Parchment paper
- 2 large bowls
- 2 large forks
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Basting brush (optional)
- Spatula (optional)
- Wire cooling rack (optional)
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
|15 min||40 min||55 min||1 loaf of whole grain bread|
- 2 1/2 cups whole grain spelt flour
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 3 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 extra-large eggs
- 3 tablespoons butter, cut in
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Set your oven at 380ºF (or 355ºF in a convection oven).
- Line your baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl and stir like the dickens.
- With bare, clean hands, further squish/mix the butter between your thumb and forefinger.
- With bare, clean hands, form dough into a rough, straggly mess of a ball.
- Place bread dough onto the parchment paper and push into the edges of the dish. Otherwise, if dough is on a baking sheet, leave it in a ball.
- Cut an X into the centre of the bread dough with your finger (or with a spatula if you prefer).
- Coat the bread dough with buttermilk using your fingertips (or with a brush if you prefer).
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Check to make sure loaf isn’t too brown.
- Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let the loaf sit out in its baking container on a cooling rack.
Savory and Sweet Options
You can add many different ingredients to your bread. Just mix throughout the dough before baking:
- White cheese, grated
- Caraway or pumpkin seeds
- Celery slices
- Sliced olives
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- Dried fruits
- Come up with your own tasty combination. I dare you to experiment!