Soda bread

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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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Soda bread is traditionally made in Scotland and Ireland. It’s an unfermented bread that’s leavened with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) instead of the traditional yeast. It originated from the farl-and-bannock type of quick breads and it was baked on a griddle just like other griddle cakes and quick breads. Soda bread used to be shaped into a flat disc and quartered into farls, but today it is usually baked into loaves.