Quick and easy bread recipe that does not involve using yeast. Kids might enjoy helping make this as it does not take long to make or bake. Extra healthy because it uses wholemeal flour.
Serves: 8
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins




    • 500g (1lb) stoneground wholemeal plain flour


    • 100g (3½oz) butter


    • 2 level tsp bicarbonate of soda


    • 1 level tsp salt


    • 1 level tsp caster sugar


    • 284ml carton buttermilk


    • 4 tbsp milk


    • Baking sheet, buttered






    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 7 or 220°C.


    1. Tip the flour into a bowl and add the butter. Rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar.


    1. Tip the buttermilk into the flour mixture, along with the milk. Mix the ingredients together to give a soft dough.


    1. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and shape it into a ball. Place the ball on a baking sheet and flatten it slightly, then cut a deep cross into the top using a long-bladed knife, cutting almost all the way through the dough.


    1. Bake the bread in the centre of the oven for 25-30 mins, or until it has risen and sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Remove from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack to cool.


    1. The bread may be eaten warm or cold, but is best eaten on the day of baking.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 12.0g saturates 7.0g calories 326(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.