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Recipe – No yeast, no problem – Soda Bread & Home made Butter

Soda Bread

So, I ran out of yeast, like most of the country! I had enough flour, what was I going to do? I turned to good old Google and found a recipe, which I adapted. Oh and also got taught ages ago, how to make butter from double cream.

So, here is how you do it….

For the Butter:

1 litre double cream

Teaspoon of salt


  1. Pour the double cream into your mixer
  2. Turn on your whisk (make sure you cover as this can get messy!)
  3. Whisk until the cream goes beyond whipped cream and has a scrambled egg type consistency. Once whisked, you should see milky stuff at the bottom.
  4. Lay out a muslin cloth (in a bowl)
  5. Pour mixture into the cloth (again in the bowl)
  6. Squeeze until all the milky stuff (Buttermilk) has gone
  7. Now you have butter and buttermilk!
  8. Add the salt to the butter if desired and decant into a bowl
  9. Refrigerate and presto, butter!

Soda Bread


500g wholemeal flour
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda(optional)
400ml whole milk (Or your buttermilk)
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp honey

Method: Preheat oven to 200/180c

  1. Pour flour, salt and bicarb into a bowl
  2. Either, use the buttermilk from our butter, or 400ml milk with lemon juice (add the lemon juice to the milk, it will curdle and turn into buttermilk, strain before use!)
  3. Pour your honey into the milk mixture
  4. Add the milk to the flour mixture and mix until sticky
  5. Now turn onto a floured surface and knead into a loaf
  6. Make a cross on the top
  7. Bung the whole thing in the oven for 40 minutes
  8. Allow to cool – EAT!

Lastly, enjoy it! works great with soups and dips 🙂