Fennel & onion seed soda bread

Fennel & onion seed soda bread

Quick Overview:

This is by far the easiest and quickest bread recipe in the world! No need to wait for it to prove and it’s ready in under an hour. It’s delicious too and you can swap the spices for something else such as ham, raisins, nuts, pumpkin seeds…the list is endless! This toasts nicely as well and needless to say, is even more delicious with a thick slather of butter.


  • 550 g - Plain flour
  • 100 g - Oats
  • 12 g - Sodium bicarbonate
  • 12 g - salt
  • 20 g - honey
  • 2 tbsp - fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp - onion seeds
  • 1 pint - buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c.

    Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and keep aside.
  2. Whisk the honey and buttermilk and pour into the dry mix.
  3. Bring it all together using a spoon or you can use a machine fitted with a dough hook.
  4. Once the mix is fully incorporated turn it out onto a dry, floured surface and knead gently into a round ball or a roll it out into a sausage shape.
  5. Place the dough onto a floured baking tray or stone and run a knife down the middle of the bread scoring it. If you've made a round shape, then score an 'X' on the surface.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes at 200c then turn the heat down to 180c and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, transfer on to a wire rack and allow to cool before slicing.