Mediterranean Style Soda Bread

 I really wanted to make a traditional soda bread this year for St Patrick’s Day but I’ve been super busy and left shopping to the last-minute and there I hit a disaster as my local supermarket didn’t have any butter milk!

Never one to give up I decided to shake up the traditional soda bread recipe and make a mediterranean soda bread, using ordinary milk rather than buttermilk and the addition of olives, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.

I’m delighted to say that it turned out really well and was delicious straight from the oven with melted butter. It’s a recipe that would work really well for summer picnics and lunch boxes too as an alternative to boring sandwiches.An easy to follow recipe for Soda Bread - mediterranean style.

Soda Bread With Olives, Cheese And Sundried Tomatoes
Mediterranean Soda Bread
– With Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes And Cheese

How To Make Mediterranean Style Soda Bread


  • 500g plain flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 50g pitted sliced black olives
  • 50g chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese
  • 400ml milk


  1. Preheat the oven 200C.
  2. In a large bowl evenly combine all of the ingredients except the milk.
  3. Add the milk and mix to a dough.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and place on a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper.
  5.  Slightly flatten the ball, sprinkle with flour and cut into it  deeply to form quarters, but not all the way through.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until golden and cooked through. It should sound slightly hollow when tapped.
Mediterranean Soda Bread
Mediterranean Style Soda Bread
– Delicious Straight From The Oven With Butter

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