When you want homemade bread, but you don't have the time or patience to wait for the yeast to work its magic, this homemade soda bread with fresh herbs is just the loaf you'll want to make!
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.
The ingredient list:
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Chopped Fresh Herbs (I used rosemary, thyme, and sage)
- 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 it to sit for 5 minutes before using the mixture as called for in the recipe.
How to make a buttermilk alternative.
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.
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 gardens proliferates during the summer months. I can't wait to experiment with all the flavor combinations!
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.
Additional savory quick bread recipes:
- Quick Peppery Cheese Bread from Hot Eats and Cool Reads
- Savory Bacon Pineapple Bread from Tastes of Lizzy T
Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs
- 3½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
- 2 teaspoons chopped sage
- 3 teaspoons chopped thyme
- 1 ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1½ tablespoons shredded asiago cheese
- Preheat oven to 450-degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and herbs.
- Stir in the buttermilk until the ingredients are blended, but do not over stir.
- Prepare a standard size loaf pan by spraying with olive oil spray.
- Spoon the batter into the loaf pan, making sure the dough spread evenly in the pan.
- Sprinkle the asiago cheese over top of the dough.
- Bake in a preheated 450-degree oven for 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes and then turn the loaf out of the pan to cool completely.
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!
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! 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting me today in my Kudos Kitchen. I hope you found something you'll love and that you'll come back and visit me often. There is always room for you around my table!
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This is a brilliant recipe! Extremely quick and easy and very flavoursome. I have never made bread before and was shocked at how good this was. I sprinkled some garlic granules, some dried chives and smoked salt on top before baking. For the herbs in the bread, I added some fresh and dried thyme, dried oregano and fresh rosemary. I only had mature cheddar so added that instead. Couldn’t be happier, thanks for this great recipe!
Thanks so much for the glowing comment and 5-star rating, Mc.
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe so much, and trust you'll make it time and time again.
Have a lovely day,
Your tips for making your own buttermilk were so helpful! Thanks for the delicious recipe, my family loved the bread!
I'm glad you found the tips helpful. I make my own buttermilk all the time because I don't normally have it in the fridge.
Meagen Brosius says
Such a delicious recipe! I love finding bread making recipes that I can actually accomplish at home! Yum!
You'll be completely successful with this recipe. Enjoy!
Sweet and That's it says
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
Jenny Hartin says
Looks delicious Renee. Hoping to plant my garden this weekend. Snowed last Sunday. .hoping it's over.
Le mie ricette con e senza says
Your soda bread looks very very tasty 🙂