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Slow-cooker soda bread with spring herbs recipe

Slow-cooker soda bread with spring herbs recipe

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Did you know you can bake bread in your slow-cooker? This soda bread is made with fresh spring herbs for extra flavour. See method

  • Makes 1 x 750g loaf
  • Takes 15 mins to prepare and 2 hrs to cook
  • 167 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • 250g white self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 250g wholemeal plain flour
  • 15g cold butter, diced
  • ¾ tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 20g pack chives, finely snipped
  • 20g parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • 284ml pot buttermilk
  • 125ml milk
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    2g 3%
  • Saturates

    1g 6%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    0.7g 11%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 27.3g Protein 8.7g Fibre 2g


  1. Line the base and a little up the sides of the slow-cooker with a single sheet of baking paper. Mix the fours in a bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingers until it feels like small crumbs. Stir in the salt, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and chopped herbs.
  2. Mix the buttermilk and milk in a jug. Make a well in the middle of the four mix, add the liquid and mix to form a soft, shaggy dough. Tip onto a lightly foured surface and knead just a few times to bring the mixture together – do not overwork the dough. With foured hands, shape the dough into a round to fit your slow-cooker pot, then lift it in.
  3. Slash a deep cross in the top using a foured knife. Cover the pot with a clean tea towel before adding the lid, then cook on high for 2 hrs. Check the bread is cooked in the middle – the top will be soft but set, the sides and bottom crusty. If it’s not ready, keep cooking for 10-min intervals until done. Use the paper to lift the loaf from the slowcooker; allow to cool for 20 mins, then enjoy warm or at room temperature. Will keep for 3-4 days.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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