Irish Soda Bread: Yeast Free Baking

Who does not love bread? Each one of us has relished bread in childhood, enjoying these soft crusty bakes even now, and plan to do so in the future as we age. Why not?

soda bread with whole wheat

Irish soda bread no yeast recipe
 This Irish soda bread is unlike the typical yeast breads. Cretainly, this Irish yeast-free bread is unlike my no-yeast bread recipes. The soda bread recipe is quick, instant, and sans heavy fats.

yeast free soda bread Irish recipe

This recipe has been on my mind since long. I have tried steaming it on previous occassions. But I was not too happy with the result. Steamed soda breads were moist and crumbly in texture.
This time I got inspired by Bharath Kumar from HBG, an awesome baker himself- who had posted Irish soda bread recipe in the group. Taking leaf from his book, I went ahead with my own mdifications.

Yes, this one is different. It is not only quick but loaded with carom seeds. Surprised? Well, I read somewhere that traditional Irish breads use ajwain and raisins. I have used only carom seeds, eliminating raisins or kishmish from the recipe, for I think adding dry fruits would make bread more like a cake.

Nevertheless, I am happy with the result and willing to go again with this recipe- which uses simplest of ingredients easily available on your counter shelves. Surprised?


Usually Irish bread is baked in a cast iron skillet, but I have used my normal baking pan for this.

Irish soda bread yeast free
The dough of soda bread is quite sticky and may be difficult to manage initially, but worry not. It will take the form of a beautiful Irish bread bun once it comes out of the oven - with its own rustic charm.
Allow the bread to sit untouched until it cools down completely. I was so curious to see the bun from inside that I made my first cut merely 5 mins after it was done.

The dough did remind me of cake rusk dough which is quite similar - loose, sticky and unlike cake batter! But it bakes it into a beautiful cake and its double baked delights are just so crunchy.

Then I left it overnight to cool down completely. The next morning it was a beauty waiting to be unfurled.

I have come up with another UNEDITED video just to give you an idea about the kind of dough required for this soda bread recipe. Please bear with me for the poor quality of video clips, as I have kept it unedited.


Well, here is the list of ingredients required for this soda bread:


1 cup-whole wheat flour
1/2 cup-Barley flour (substitute with whole wheat flour if you do not have jau)
2 tbsp- milk powder
1 tsp- ACV (or vinegar)
1/2 tsp- salt
1 tsp- honey (or you may add sugar instead)
Buttermilk- 1 cup (2 tbsp of curd whisked with hot water to make 1 cup of buttermilk - you may add milk instead)
Carom seeds or ajwain (optional)
1/2 tsp- olive oil (optional)
sesame seeds and raisins (optional)
baking soda- 1 tsp (I had only 1/2 tsp with me...but I was curious enough to go ahead with the recipe so went with it)
instant soda bread whole wheat no yeast turns into a paneer toast

soft, crunchy Irish soda bread with whole grains

How to make Irish soda bread

1. Sift whole wheat flour, barley flour, and milk powder. You may take up to 4 cups in total for a perfect Irish bread bun. Mine was an experiment, so I always prefer to start small, so there is less wastage if my experiment fails.
2. Next whisk curd and hot water together until it forms buttermilk. Keep aside.
Mix olive oil or any vegetable oil, salt, honey with the buttermilk.
Add carom seeds to the wet ingredients. If you wish to add raisins, please soak them in hot water first and then drop them into the wet mixture.
Next add baking soda to the wet ingredients. Immediately add vinegar to the mix. It will be frothy.
Immediately add the dry ingredients. Mix well until everyhting combines. It will be a very sticky dough.
Try to use wet hands to give a ball shape and drop it in a baking pan dusted with dry flour. I did not grease the pan just dusted it.
Sprinkle sesame seeds over the bread.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 30 mins or little longer.
Control your urge to cut the Irish bread with soda before it cools down completely.
Enjoy this simple, rustic, yeast free bread with whole wheat flour.
If you have always been wondering how to make yeast free bread with whole wheat, this is it.
This no yeast soda bread is a must try for those watching their weight. 

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