Soda bread is a filling & wholesome recipe and a great introduction to bread making.   This tasty soda bread recipe is super as a lunchtime treat for hungry guests or delicious for brunch served with scrambled eggs.


Cheese & Pancetta Soda Bread

Ingredients (makes one large loaf) 

500g strong white flour

1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp of salt

200 ml of natural yoghurt

200ml of full fat milk

(alternatively many recipes use 400ml of buttermilk, however don’t worry if you can’t find this – a half and half mix of natural yoghurt and milk works just as well).

100g pancetta (cubed)

100g matured cheddar (chopped into small cubes or grated)



1) Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade whilst you chop your cheese and fry off your pancetta.

2) Mix the yoghurt and milk together in a measuring jug or small bowl.

3) Mix all of the dry ingredients into a clean bowl and then add in the mixed yoghurt and milk.  Combine these with a fork, until the ‘dough’ becomes to form and becomes very craggy – so that it is too hard to mix with a spoon.

4) Now it’s time to get your hands in and mix well (& quickly).  Add the cheese and pancetta and combine, forming a ball with the cheese and pancetta mixed well throughout.

5) Put the soda bread onto a large baking sheet, lined with parchment / greaseproof paper.

6) Flatten this down with your hand and then make 4 good indentations with a knife or dough scraper.   These should cut deeply through the bread, but don’t cut straight through – you don’t want to divide the loaf into four!

7) Dust with some flour and bake for 30-35 minutes until the base sounds hollow and the top is a golden brown.

8) Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes on a wire rack, then enjoy!  Best eaten on the day of baking, if you have any left over, serve as toast the following day.

Enjoy & happy baking! 

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