Introduction: Soda Bread

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make soda bread. This easy homemade soda bread recipe has no eggs and no milk in it as well. It also doesn't have any yeast. Soda bread also known as "Irish Soda Bread" depending on the recipe relies on baking soda and baking powder and something acidic like buttermilk or vinegar to react with the baking soda. In this case vinegar and water instead of buttermilk. Soda bread is kind of a mix between an American biscuit and traditional bread, it is denser, but still very flavorful. It is super easy to make using a few ingredients. If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get baking!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both. :)

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

You may print the recipe here if you like.


  • 4 cups all-purpose/plain flour (500g)
  • 3 tbsp. white granulated sugar (37.5)
  • 1 tsp. salt (4g)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda (2g)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder (2g)
  • 1 1/2 cup water (I used filtered) (354ml)
  • 2 tsp. of apple cider or white distilled vinegar (10ml)


  • Bowl
  • Spoon/spatula
  • Baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Knife
  • Whisk

Step 2: Whisk Those Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C. Make sure the rack is in the middle position. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and whisk them until well combined.

Step 3: Water and Vinegar

In a separate bowl combine the water and the vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar. You can opt to use buttermilk instead of water if you like, in that case, you won't need to add the vinegar.

Step 4: Make That Dough

Now add the flour mixture about a third at a time and combine with the liquid. Once the dough comes together in the bowl you can dump it out onto a work surface and knead it for 2 to 3 minutes. I don't like to add all the flour mixture in I usually leave about 1/4 cup leftover and knead it in as needed.

Step 5: Shape, Cut, Bake

Shape the dough into a disc, that is around 1 and 1/2 inches. Place the dough onto a sheet pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a knife and cut an X on the top or you can cut a # as well. Bake it for 30 to 40 minutes until a wooden skewer comes out clean when poked. The top will be nice and hard. If you like at the 15-minute mark you can baste the top of it with butter or milk. Which will make the top softer. I don't usually do that though. Plus I wanted to provide a true dairy-free loaf.

Step 6: Slice and Serve

Now let the bread cool for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing into it. I like to spread on butter and honey or jam on mine. I also like eating it with cheese and meat. :) Enjoy!

Step 7: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial. :)