soda bread (no yeast)

soda bread (no yeast)

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Inspired by, Curtis Stone

Serves: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 20 mins.
Cook Time: 13 mins.
Skill Level: Easy
Cooking Method: oven, larger cast iron pan


  • 2 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere or other tasty cheese
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold buttermilk
  • Parmesan cheese, for grating
  • Accompaniments: your favorite jam or Vegemite and/or butter


Step 1) Preheat the oven to 425°F. 

Step 2) In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to    blend. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the Gruyere and butter into the flour mixture until the butter resembles small pea-size pieces. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the buttermilk into the well. Stir just until the mixture is moistened, but still lumpy. Form the dough into a rough ball and place it in a large cast-iron skillet. 

Step 3) Push the dough into the bottom of the pan so it's about 1 ½ inches high all over and cover the pan with foil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the damper is a deep bronze color all over and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center. Grate the Parmesan cheese over the top of the hot damper and serve warm with jam or Vegemite and/or butter.

grandpa’s thoughts:

This is a simple way to make bread to complement a dish at dinner or even a breakfast. It's so tasty and simple.

Grandpa Tip: when it comes time to place the dough in the cast-iron pan, moist your hands with water so you can work with the dough. It's very very sticky.


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