Simple soda bread recipe

You're never too young to use your loaf with this no knead bread recipe. Perfect for big hands and little hands to do together

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Makes one small loaf
Takes 10 minutes to prepare, 20-25 minutes to cook


  • 450g plain flour
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150ml sour cream
  • 150ml milk
  • Extra flour for dusting

Cooking utensils

  • Teaspoon and sieve
  • Large mixing bowl and damp cloth
  • Measuring jug
  • Table knife and vegetable knife
  • Baking tray
  • Cooling rack


How to make simple soda bread

Big chef: Set the oven to: 350@F, 180@C, 160ºC fan, gas 4.

Little chef: Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl set on a damp cloth so that it doesn't move when you are working the dough.

Big chef: Carefully push the flour to the sides of the bowl to leave a hole in the centre.

Little chef: Pour the sour cream and milk into a measuring jug.

Big chef: Pour the liquid into the hole in the flour and use the table knife to mix the dough together.

Little chef: Use one hand (try to keep the other clean) to grab all of the dough into a ball. Use the dough like a dishcloth to wipe your bowl clean.

Little chef: Place the dough on a lightly floured baking tray and shape it into a 20cm circle. (You don't need to knead the dough.)

Big chef: Cut a cross through the dough, almost through to the base. This will divide the bread into four. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bread has risen and is golden. Turn the bread upside down and tap it. If it sounds hollow it is done!

Big chef and little chef: Leave on the cooling rack until it's cool enough to eat.

Tips: If you want a soft crust, rub a piece of butter over the top of the bread when it comes out of the oven and wrap the loaf in a clean tea-towel.

Always have a grown-up in the kitchen when you cook

© Fiona Bird 2009
Recipe reproduced from 'Kids' Kitchen' by kind permission of Barefoot Books Ltd
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