Paul’s Quick Soda Bread

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Paul’s Quick Soda Bread is a quick and easy way to make delicious soda bread.

quick soda bread on cutting board

I have a love/hate relationship with Paul Hollywood. He comes across as a really cocky guy on his TV show. But I will admit that he does have talent. So here is Paul Hollywood’s Soda Bread recipe.

bread dough ready to be baked

On one episode of his TV show, he made this Quick Soda Bread. I immediately noticed he did not use any yeast so he did not have to let the dough rise. That prompted me to give Paul’s Soda Bread recipe a try.

paul's quick soda bread

Soda Bread is a type of quick bread that uses baking soda instead of yeast. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide.

An advantage of quick bread is their ability to be prepared quickly and reliably, without requiring the time-consuming skilled labor and temperature control needed for traditional yeast bread.

soda bread

If you don’t have Buttermilk on hand, you can use this trick as a substitute: Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add milk and fill to the 1 cup measurement line. Stir the mixture together and let sit for 5 minutes.

Another option is to use a cultured buttermilk blend. All you need to do is add water. I was very skeptical at first but in a pinch it works great!

cultured buttermilk blend

Paul’s original recipe lists the quantities using the metric system. If you are in the US or a country that does not use the metric system, let me help you out. You will need a “heavy” cup of each of the flours. Actually, 1.06 cups to be precise. As for the buttermilk, you will need a little over 1 3/4 cups, 1.77 cups to be precise.

You might also want to try my Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe or my Super Simple Soda Bread. Delicious! While you are at it, make sure you check out my collection of Bread Recipes.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Quick Soda Bread recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Whole Wheat Flour, All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, Salt and Buttermilk.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the two types of flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the buttermilk and mix until a sticky dough forms.
  4. Lightly flour a work surface and tip the dough onto it.
  5. Gently roll and fold the dough a couple of times to bring the mixture together. Do not knead.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball. Flatten the ball gently with your hand. Score the dough with a deep cross dividing it into quarters. Dust the bread with flour.
  7. Place onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. The loaf should be golden brown.
  8. Leave to cool on a wire rack. This is best eaten on the day of baking.

Printable Recipe Card

pauls quick soda bread

Paul’s Quick Soda Bread

It doesn't get much easier than this! Paul's Quick Soda Bread is a quick and easy way to make delicious soda bread.
4.20 from 25 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Bread Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 202 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wire Rack

Ingredients
 

  • 250 g Whole Wheat Flour
  • 250 g All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 420 ml Buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the two types of flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix until a sticky dough forms.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and tip the dough onto it.
  • Gently roll and fold the dough a couple of times to bring the mixture together. Do not knead.
  • Shape the dough into a ball. Flatten the ball gently with your hand. Score the dough with a deep cross dividing it into quarters. Dust the bread with flour.
  • Place onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. The loaf should be golden-brown.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack. This is best eaten on the day of baking.

Notes

→ If you don’t have Buttermilk on hand, you can use this trick as a substitute: Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add milk and fill to the 1 cup measurement line. Stir the mixture together and let sit for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 7gFat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 403mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 70IUCalcium: 61mgIron: 2.1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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4 Comments

  1. Pawel says:

    Decided to try this after seeing Paul make it look so easy. 30 minutes at 400F is definately still a bit under. Will probably shoot for 35 minutes next time.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. All ovens are different so adjusting the time for your specific equipment is the correct thing to do.

  2. Bisy S says:

    Why would you change the recipe? The amount of the buttermilk is 400ml not 420!

    1. I double-checked Paul’s recipe for this bread in his cookbook that I have and it is indeed 420 ml of buttermilk.

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