Soda bread is a quick and simple treat to make. I think most of you will have all of these ingredients in your cupboards right now. Soda bread is traditionally made with bicarbonate soda instead of yeast. Here I have added honey and oats for a slight flavour difference.

Serves 8


360g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

½ tsp salt

200ml natural yoghurt

2 tbsp honey

1 x egg (for egg wash)

2 x handfuls of porridge oats


Pre heat oven to 200c/Gas mark 6

This is really simple dough if you have a mixer. If not, getting your hands in a mixing bowl will work just as well. All you need to do is place all the ingredients together and mix until a dough has formed (save some oats for the top of the bread) Knead for a few minutes on a floured surface then form into a round loaf shape. Place the loaf on to a lined baking tray, score markings into the dough, brush on your whisked egg wash, scatter with the remaining oats then place on the middle shelf of the oven.

Bake for around 30-35 minutes. To check to see if your bread is fully cooked, tap the bottom and listen for a hollow sound. This is a perfect matching bread to go with a soup or simply as it is or toasted with a generous helping of butter.

Gary Townsend is head chef at One Devonshire Gardens by Hotel du Vin, Glasgow. See