Simple Scallion Soda Bread

Makes 1 loaf | Believe it or not, you can have a warm, fresh loaf of bread in an hour from now, with what’s likely already in your kitchen.

This is a simple and easy way to get a fresh loaf of bread. It’s an Irish staple, and uses baking soda to leaven the bread instead of the more time consuming yeast. This is best eaten fresh, and would make a perfect snack while studying. You can subsitute currants or other dried fruit in for the scallions, or even fresh herbs, or bits of leftover roast vegetables! And if you don’t have buttermilk, you can thin out some yogurt, or add 1 tbsp lemon juice or cider vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for 10 minutes. Have fun with it, and make it the way you like it!


1 1/2 cups (250g) all purpose flour

1 3/4 cups (250g) whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

400ml buttermilk

3 scallions, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine both flours, salt, baking soda, and scallions together in a medium bowl. Slowly add the buttermilk while stirring together with your fingers, until a raggedy dough forms. You may not use all of the buttermilk. 
  2. Mix dough together until it forms a nice ball. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cut a deep cross, about 2/3 of the way through the loaf.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, until you can hear that nice hollow sound when you tap the bottom of the loaf. Cool slightly then slice and enjoy with butter!
Joshna is a chef, author & activist who cares a lot about people's relationship with food. She works to rebuild food systems in public institutions putting hospitality and sustainability as a top priority.

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