Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs

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When you want homemade bread, but you don’t have the time or patience to wait for yeast to work its magic, this homemade soda bread with fresh herbs is just the loaf you’ll want to make!

 
Sliced loaf of homemade soda bread with fresh herbs and a stick of butter.

This simple Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs has a big, bold flavor and a nice, hearty crumb! It comes together in a flash, has only a handful of ingredients, and smells divine while it’s baking in the oven. What more can you ask for?

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs is available near the end of this post. 

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The ingredient list;

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Chopped Fresh Herbs (I used rosemary, thyme, and sage)
  • Buttermilk 
  • Shredded Asiago Cheese (optional)

If I don’t have buttermilk, does that mean I can’t make this savory quick bread?

  • No, you’re in luck! If you have regular milk in the fridge, and some lemon juice or white (or apple cider) vinegar in your pantry, you can make your own buttermilk.
  • Just add approximately 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice or vinegar to the milk and allow to sit for 5 minutes before using the mixture as called for in the recipe.

Do the herbs have to be fresh to make this soda bread with herbs? What if all I have is dried herbs?

  • Go for it and use the dry herbs! However, because dry herbs have a more concentrated flavor, cut back on the amount called for in this recipe.

Slices of Homemade Soda Bread on a cutting board with a serrated knife and a stick of butter.

**This Homemade Soda Bread with Herbs is an updated recipe post from 2014. Because of that some of the links that were in the original post were no longer working so I’ve had to adjust and remove those links as needed.
 
This is what I wrote about this recipe in 2014;
 
I owe this Homemade Soda Bread with Herbs recipe to Carola over at “Sweet and That’s It” as she picked it for May’s edition of Back To The Future Buddies.

The only difference I did with my bread that was not called for in the original recipe was that I baked mine in a loaf pan instead of making a “free form” loaf, and I added some shredded asiago cheese to the top just for fun!

Another thing I especially love about this homemade quick bread recipe is that you can use whatever herbs you favor most, or whatever herbs you have on hand.

This time I used a combination of sage, rosemary, and thyme but next time I think I’ll use some dill and maybe a little cilantro.

Since planting our herb garden last weekend, the flavor of this Homemade Soda Bread with Herbs will constantly be changing as our abundance of fresh garden proliferates during the summer months. I can’t wait to experiment with all the flavors combinations!

Freshly planted herb garden

The easy instructions for making herb quick bread;

  • Finely mince the fresh herbs and add them to a large bowl with the dry ingredients.
  • Add the buttermilk to the bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake in a preheated 450-degree oven for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven heat to 400-degrees and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes.
How to make Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs

 

Slices of Homemade Soda bread with herbs and a stick of butter.

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And, for additional savory quick bread recipes from around the web, please click on the following titles for;

 
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs
 
If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!
 
5 from 2 votes
soda bread with fresh herbs
Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
When you want homemade bread, but you don't have the time or patience to wait for yeast to work its magic, this homemade soda bread with fresh herbs is just the loaf you'll want to make!
Course: batter bread, Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: savory quick bread, soda bread with fresh herbs
Servings: 12
Calories: 158 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons chopped sage
  • 3 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • tablespoons shredded asiago cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and herbs.
  3. Stir in the buttermilk until the ingredients are blended, but do not over stir.
  4. Prepare a standard size loaf pan by spraying with olive oil spray.

  5. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan, making sure the dough spread evenly in the pan.
  6. Sprinkle the asiago cheese over top of the dough.
  7. Bake in a preheated 450-degree oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Reduce the heat of the oven to 400 degrees and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped and is nicely golden brown.
  9. Remove to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes and then turn the loaf out of the pan to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment;

large bowl, wooden spoon, standard loaf pan (9" x 5"), olive oil cooking spray, cutting board, chef's knife, measuring spoons, measuring cups.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 338mg15%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Sliced Homemade Soda Bread on a cutting board with a serrated knife and butter in a dish.

 

Ahhhh, there is nothing like the smell of fresh homebaked bread to make you feel all cozy…and hungry. I’m sure you will agree! 🙂

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7 Comments

  1. Your soda bread looks very very tasty 🙂

  2. Looks delicious Renee. Hoping to plant my garden this weekend. Snowed last Sunday. .hoping it's over.

  3. Renee, sorry for the late visit. Your garden looks amazing… I can only imagine how much the herbs must have grown by now… Absolutely lovely!
    What a great idea to sprinkle your wonderful Soda bread with grated cheese.
    Hope you won't mind if I "steal your idea" the next time I'll bake it.
    Thank you so much for baking along. Hope this month you'll join as well. The Sweet Portuguese Bread is delicious!
    All the best
    xx Carola

  4. Meagen Brosius

    5 stars
    Such a delicious recipe! I love finding bread making recipes that I can actually accomplish at home! Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    Your tips for making your own buttermilk were so helpful! Thanks for the delicious recipe, my family loved the bread!

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