Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 40 mins

Have you ever had one of those nights when you realize you need bread to dunk into dinner, but you don't have time to let anything rise and biscuits just won't do? This is great. In less time then it takes my oven to preheat this is ready to go in the oven. The original recipe, from Sarah Schlesinger's 500 Fat Free Recipes, called for 2 cups whole wheat & 1 cup white. I happened to be running out of whole wheat and just subbed with what I had. Feel free to use more whole wheat, though. And I never have fat free buttermilk; I always use skim and lemon juice and it is just fine! This is a little dense but great to dunk into soups and stews.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Mix the flours, baking powder, and baking soda together.
  3. Add the milk and stir just until combined.
  4. On a surface coated with a lot of flour (coat your hands too), knead the bread for 2 minutes.
  5. Put it on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.
  6. Flatten to about a 7 inch round.
  7. Cut an X in the top with a knife.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes or until it sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.
Most Helpful

This is a supper-saver! We enjoy this using only white flour and I've used blended cottage cheese in place of the buttermilk (1 1/2 cups, no vinegar or lemon juice). I make this often. Thanks!

Anemone September 09, 2009

I needed something in a hurry to serve with Stuffed Cabbage Soup (#51150) and with the cookbook search being down I couldn't find my usual go-to soda bread. I have to say that this isn't the best quick soda bread I've ever had (which could be partially my fault, as I used 1 1/2 cups each of whole wheat and white flour) but still it's pretty good, and worked a treat in a pinch!

CassiaDawn April 16, 2013

Quick, easy and delicious! DH loved this bread. I added a 1/2 t. of kosher salt, used all white flour and Anemone's tip of using cottage cheese. I didn't blend it and only used a 1/2 C. and a cup of milk with the added vinegar. Worked like a charm. I was worried it might be too hard after taking it out of the oven so I brushed it with melted butter. So delicious with our chicken noodle soup. Thanks for posting the recipe, I'll be making this again for sure.

Lucky in Bayview December 04, 2012