Quick Soda Bread (or Buttermilk and how to use it)


Remember yesterday I had some buttermilk left over from my really complex butter recipe? ahem 🙂

Well here is one way to use up that buttermilk.

Quick Soda Bread


  • 300g white spelt flour
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup/250ml buttermilk (see butter recipe for details)


  1. Gather all your ingredients together, you will need to work fast.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 8. Place an empty baking sheet or tray in the oven to warm up.
  3. Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Make a well in the centre.
  4. Pour in the buttermilk into the well, and quickly mix the ingredients together. As soon as the mix is well combined, turn out the wet, sticky dough onto a well floured surface.  Be careful not to over mix the dough – think ‘less is more’.
  5. Using floured hands, shape the dough into a circle.
  6. Take the baking sheet from the oven and place the dough on it.
  7. Get a wooden spoon and flour the handle end, then lay across the dough and push down. Turn the dough 90 degrees and push the handle down through the dough to form a cross.
  8. Place the bread in the oven and bake for 12-18 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the bread makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.


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