This soda bread with yogurt is a great quick bread to serve with homemade soups and stews. It takes less than an hour to make so is ideal for busy weeknights.
I'm a huge fan of homemade bread. I can't resist the smell and if there's fresh bread I really don't need anything else for dinner except some butter and cheese. However, homemade bread does take time. For most yeasted breads you need to allow time to knead the dough and for it to rise too.
Great for busy weeknights
The great thing about soda bread is that it needs no time to proof. It's quick to make and bakes fairly quickly too. What could be better? This recipe for homemade soda bread with yogurt can be on the table in under an hour! I can make it in about 45 minutes.
Do you need buttermilk for soda bread?
Normally soda bread is made with buttermilk. However, I don't regularly buy buttermilk unless I'm planning a recipe that needs it. I do however always have a big pot of natural yogurt in the fridge. I use it with salads and curries and in my kitchen it's one of those ingredients I would rarely run out of.
That means if I want to make quick bread at the last minute to go with our dinner, this yogurt soda bread is the perfect recipe!
However, if you want to use buttermilk then use 250ml instead of the yogurt and water that I've used.
What is this soda bread like?
The texture of this soda bread is a bit more crumbly and cakey than a yeasted bread. It's more like a scone. It is a bit heavier too and quite filling, although that is partly my fault for eating so much of it! It's best eaten fresh and is absolutely delicious warm with homemade soup. You can keep it for about 3 days though but personally I love it most when it's fresh from the oven.
Can you adapt this soda bread?
As I mentioned about, you can use buttermilk instead of yogurt and water.
This recipe is for a plain white soda bread so it's a great recipe to use as a base and then adapt. You can experiment with different flavours by adding extras such as seeds, olives, sun dried tomatoes or herbs.
Soda Bread with Yogurt
- 500 g plain white flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 55 g butter
- 125 ml yogurt
- 125 ml water
- Put the oven on to heat up to 220C and put a baking tray in the oven ready to bake the bread on.
- Chop up the butter and put it in the mixer bowl with the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Mix on a low speed until the ingredients have combined.
- Add the liquid ingredients and continue to mix until a soft dough forms. Increase the speed a little and continue to mix for 2 minutes.
- Flour a work surface and shape the dough into a round, about 2 ½ cm thick.
- Transfer the dough onto the hot baking tray. Cut down into the dough to make a deep cross on the top.
- Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
More Homemade Quick Bread Recipes
For a richer quick bread then why not try my garlic and herb butter quick bread? It's a great alternative to bought garlic bread. If you like different flavoured breads then I've also got a lovely recipe for tomato and nigella seed soda bread.
Or if you like traditional bread then how about trying these basic bread rolls? They're also lovely with soup.
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