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! 

Jules is a foodie, who has spent the last decade running food education sessions in schools. Jules oversees bookings and helps to run course days.

When not in the Seasoned kitchen Jules can normally be found writing her blog or cooking in the kitchen with her young daughter.

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