Garlic & Parmesan Soda Bread

I love freshly baked bread, but when you’re in a hurry who has time to wait for the dough to rise?! Say hello to this soda bread, no rise time needed. Just mix the ingredients and bake! Perfect!

Whilst plain soda bread is delicious as it is. I wanted to compliment the Italian meal I served it with. This aromatic loaf is flavoured with garlic, parmesan and parsley.

I have been a busy bee this week and running on my reserves since Nugget has decided sleep just isn’t for him. Life is too amazing. Even at night, apparently!

So whilst I have been functioning in some kind of zombie state, dragging myself around, with a frazzled look and matchsticks propping open my eyelids, the lack of sleep has not deterred Nugget from living life to the fullest. Well, at least as much as you can when you’re 9 months old! He has been spending his days giggling, chatting and trying his best to break the bouncer we bought for him. Of course, I don’t mind really, I can catch up on my beauty sleep one day and I am sure it won’t be long when I will be having to insist that he and his big brother need to get up or be late for school! It’ll be then that I’ll wish for these days again.

uncooked soda bread dough with a cross cut through it.

My secret weapons of the week are coffee (lots and lots of it) and quick, easy meals for which I don’t have to engage too much brain function to make. This loaf is ideal for that.

The ingredients listed make a small loaf which is perfect for us for one meal. If you want a bigger loaf just double up on the measurements.

whole loaf of baked soda bread with herbs and cheese in the background

Soda Bread FAQ 

Can I freeze Soda Bread?

Yes, once the loaf has cooled you can seal it in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Why should I score my soda bread with a cross?

Traditionally, it used to be said that this was done to ward off the devil and give protection but this actually has a practical purpose; it helps the heat to penetrate through the loaf, making for more efficient cooking all the way through.

Does Soda Bread taste and look the same as regular bread?

No, whilst soda bread is a good, quick alternative to a loaf of bread, the texture of soda bread is more cake like and crumbly. There is also a difference in the taste with soda bread tasting more like a scone.

What do I eat soda bread with?

Depending on the flavourings you use to accent your bread. Soda bread is a great accompaniment to soups or with butter and jam.

garlic and parmesan soda bread with the end of the loaf cut off

Garlic and Parmesan Soda Bread

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, starter


  • 125 g Plain White Flour
  • 125 g Plain Wholemeal Flour
  • 0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 0.25 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 30 g Butter
  • 200 ml Buttermilk
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 30 g Parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 200oc (180oc fan assisted).
  • Mix both flours together in a bowl.
  • Add the salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix through.
  • Rub the butter through the flour mix until fully combined.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix through. The dough is quite sticky at this point, that’s ok.
  • Crush the garlic and place in the bowl.
  • Chop the parsley and add.
  • Grate the cheese and combine everything with the dough until it’s mixture through. It’s easiest to use your hands for this part.
  • Once your dough is ready, shape it into a ball and place on a baking tray with some non stick baking paper. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross about two thirds of the way through and dust with flour, the cuts into the dough help it to cook through.
  • Place in the oven for 25-30 mins until golden brown. A good test to see if your loaf is ready is t take it out of the oven and knock on the bottom with your fingers. If it’s cooked it will sound hollow.
Keyword bread, dough, easy, quick

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