Seeded Sourdough Emmer Soda Bread | © 2014 | | © 2014 |

The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. Other ingredients can be added such as butter/oil, egg, raisins or seeds/nuts.
I am so excited to give this recipe a try, a sourdough take on the traditional soda bread recipe found on King Arthur Flour site, especially with St. Patrick's Day just around the corner.
This is a quick rising soda bread with flavour and texture twists by replacing buttermilk with rye sourdough starter, olive oil instead of butter, molasses instead of honey, and using a mix of wholegrain emmer and white spelt flour (modern wholewheat and all-purpose flour are great alternatives here), hemp and poppy seeds (or sunflower and sesame seeds). While not an authentic Irish soda bread, it tastes absolutely delicious and full of flavours.

  • 260 g Emmer grain (farro dicocco), ground into flour
  • 150 g Refined white spelt flour
  • 50 g Hemp seeds
  • 25 g Poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 245 g Rye sourdough starter, 100% hydration
  • 55 g Olive oil
  • 64 g Molasses
  • 180 g Milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the ground emmer flour, white spelt flour, seeds, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the rye starter, olive oil, molasses, and milk. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add another tablespoon or two milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.
  4. Knead the dough a couple of times to make sure it's holding together, divide it in half, and shape each half into a ball. Flatten the balls slightly, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. 1^Dust generously with flour. Mark a deep cross in it with a sharp, serrated knife, cutting about two-thirds of the way through the loaf. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until they're golden brown or sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Rosita Vargas 11/3/14 05:44

Se ve increible su pan y la miga perfecta,saludos y abrazos

Veronica 11/3/14 06:24

Looks good! It is a very healthy loaf of soda bread. How long can you keep the sourdough starter? I've seen a recipe somewhere that you have to keep feeding the starter for days, right?

Medeja- CranberryJam 11/3/14 06:33

If I lived in your neighborhood I would be visiting you every time I could smell the freshly baked bread :)))

Elin Chia 11/3/14 06:35

Angie , This is healthy bread and I love it with poppy and hemp seeds...mmmm yummy...I want to try baking my own soda bread one day :) Thanks for sharing the recipe with us !

great-secret-of-life 11/3/14 06:54

looks so perfectly done.looks so healthy too..

Nisa Homey 11/3/14 07:22

Love your bread!! so healthy and yum.

Katerina 11/3/14 08:07

I love King Arthur's site and i make some of the most beautiful breads from there! This one is definitely a winner!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 11/3/14 08:38

Beautiful and so flavorful looking!



Unknown 11/3/14 09:35 your experimenting with seeds, flours etc. This one looks soooo good, Angie! :) ela

Angie's Recipes 11/3/14 10:46

@Veronica Ng Yes, minimum 5 days...mine is over 5 years old.

Kelly 11/3/14 10:51

I am such a sucker for homemade bread and yours looks incredible Angie! Love all the wholesome and healthy ingredients in here too - would love try making soda bread like this one day :)

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 11/3/14 11:28

Bread with a rye sourdough starter, now this may be my all time favorite.

Barbara 11/3/14 12:23

Nice take on Irish soda bread, Angie. Love all the seeds...they are so good toasted.

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 11/3/14 12:31

Love this heartier and healthier soda bread Angie - great healthy adaptation!

Kitchen Belleicious 11/3/14 14:08

i don't see how you do it! You come up with the most amazing and creative breads I have ever seen and this looks exceptional. I love the color of it and the seeds throughout

Belinda 11/3/14 14:26

A hearty loaf that begs for some good chowdah!

Shashi 11/3/14 14:28

This bread sure looks like it would taste delicious and full of flavor - the molasses give it such a beautiful coloring!

Monica 11/3/14 14:41

The sourdough twist sounds great. You and your family are so lucky to enjoy all these homemade breads you make!

Ashley 11/3/14 15:05

I have yet to try making even a regular plain soda bread! But I love the spin on it here - especially with the sourdough!

Jeannie Tay 11/3/14 15:14

Your bread looks so gorgeous! Your always bake using such exotic ingredients!

Lite Home Bake 11/3/14 15:17

Hi Angie! This bread looks beautiful, i love its rustic look! Very nice clicks :)

Susan 11/3/14 15:18

To say this looks amazing is an understatement! I just read about Emmer wheat and how it was the precursor to Kamut. I wish I could find my grain grinder so I could make this fresh, but will definitely keep this recipe when I do, XOXO

Mijú 11/3/14 15:24

Se ve bien lindo tu pan.
Un saludito

Pam 11/3/14 16:24

It looks hearty and delicious.

Beth 11/3/14 16:32

I've baked Irish soda bread before, but this loaf looks like it takes it up a notch!

MunatyCooking 11/3/14 16:37

My favorite bread with a twist! Angie I love everything you bake :)

Esther Lau 11/3/14 17:05

Angie, your recipe always looks healthy and yummy :)

lena 11/3/14 17:34

not only it looks beautiful, yeah i believe too that it's full of flavours!

Gloria Baker 11/3/14 17:43

Im sure I told you this always Angie!! But I love all your breads ! I saved to make:)

Unknown 11/3/14 19:24

Looks nice and hearty! I love breads that are packed full of seeds and healthy grains.

Finla 11/3/14 19:41

My starter died a while ago and I have been planning to make a new one your bread looks super yumm.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 11/3/14 20:08

I love your seedy breads!!! Time to break out the yeast!!!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 11/3/14 20:31

Healthy, crust and delicious, lovely looking bread :D

Choc Chip Uru

Asmita 11/3/14 21:37

You are a master baker! Love your breads!

Alida 11/3/14 21:44

When I need to bake bread I will ask you! I think you have baked them all (almost :-)) and they are all so perfect. Love this soda one!

Blog do Chocolate 11/3/14 21:52

Lovely ! :)
I love your breads Angie, they are really great !


SavoringTime in the Kitchen 11/3/14 23:02

You come up with the best ideas, Angie! Your twist on Irish soda bread looks so hearty and delicious.

the Squishy Monster 11/3/14 23:51

I think I'll try this for St. Patty's day instead!

Catherine 12/3/14 00:25

Dear Angie, This warm bread, butter and a cup of tea is heaven.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Juliana 12/3/14 00:57

Angie, you always interesting bread recipe...this one looks great...sourdough and soda?
Thanks for the inspiration...have a great week my dear :D

chow and chatter 12/3/14 03:42

looks great and love the green styling

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 12/3/14 03:52

Your bread looks wonderful. It would be a great addition to any meal on St. Patrick's Day

Elisabeth 12/3/14 04:54

I totally forgot that St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner; you've made an amazing soda bread, which is so amazing, and delicious!

Erin | Well Plated 12/3/14 05:38

I love all of your bread recipes Angie. Soda Bread is just perfect for right now, and I LOVE that you made it with sourdough. It much have so much flavor!

Maryanne @ the little epicurean 12/3/14 05:54

This looks delicious! I'm afraid to work with starters but I may have to give this a try :)

lenia 12/3/14 09:37

Another scrumptious loaf of bread,dear Angie!YOU ARE MY FAVORITE BLOG-BAKER:)

CQUEK 12/3/14 10:05

I can't handle this, this sounds SO good!

Joanne 12/3/14 12:22

What a perfect loaf for St. Paddy's day!!

Caroline Taylor 12/3/14 13:55

This looks so good, I don't think I ever do the cross deep enough in my soda breads.

easyfoodsmith 12/3/14 14:32

The rustic look of this bread is so inviting. Lovely!

Riceandcoconut 12/3/14 15:55

Looks so good and perfect looking bread as always ;)

Amelia 12/3/14 16:38

Hi Angie, beautiful and very well baked .You're an excellent baker!

Have a nice day.

dedy oktavianus 12/3/14 18:54

I just about starting making lamb prosciutto and i guess this soda bread would be a best pairing then!!!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 12/3/14 19:11

Another gorgeous loaf Angie - and we adore soda bread. Love the color and texture you have in this interesting and drool-worthy treat!

Eva Taylor 12/3/14 20:40

It really looks like a wonderful Irish bread. I bet the texture was fantastic too.

jasna varcakovic 12/3/14 22:07

Rustic, healthy and home made - oh, yum!

Kathy 13/3/14 00:10

Love the addition of seeds to this bread! It looks beautiful and so tasty, Angie!

sprinklesandsauce 13/3/14 01:51

such a beautiful bread Angie! I love your baking!

Velva 13/3/14 02:43

You are kicking-off the St. patrick's Day holiday just right with this soda bread.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.


Sokehah cheah 13/3/14 04:45

This is nutritious and I get to learn a lot of 'unheard' of ingredients from reading your blog!

Hema 13/3/14 05:22

Very beautiful clicks and the bread looks awesome..

noobcook 13/3/14 10:51

looks really rustic and delicious.

My Kitchen Stories 13/3/14 12:46

Looks fabulous and healthy too. Looks like a good recipe angie

Unknown 13/3/14 14:28

This soda bread looks so healthy and delicious! :)

Jean | 13/3/14 15:47

Looks wonderful, Angie! I haven't tried that grain yet, but eventually I will. Right now I'm trying to use up quite an assortment of gluten-free flours.

Geri Saucier 13/3/14 16:16

Love this bread. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

fimere 13/3/14 21:34

un bon pain rustique j'aime
bonne soirée

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 14/3/14 01:00

Another gorgeous loaf from the wonderful Angie!

[Reply] 14/3/14 01:51

Holly molly this bread looks superb. I can't believe it looks so perfect w/ the wholesome ingredients it has. What a nice loaf...realy!

My Inner Chick 14/3/14 02:23

--If this bread were a woman...It would be a Super Model.


Reeni 14/3/14 02:44

You packed every inch of this bread with deliciousness Angie! What a wonderful soda bread!

Just a Smidgen 14/3/14 04:03

I think the Irish Soda Bread was one of my very first bread recipe attempts. Yours turned out perfectly fluffy and very pretty! You must make it again on St. Patty's Day!

Julia | 14/3/14 04:49

Love this bread - it look so hearty, so crusty! I am always amazed at your creativity at making breads - BRAVO!

kitchen flavours 14/3/14 05:01

Hi Angie,
Lovely soda bread! I have never heard of hemp seeds before. Am always learning about new ingredients from your wonderful bakes!

Ana Regalado 14/3/14 10:58

I've been eyeing the pull-apart bread at King Arthur's :D I like your twist on the traditional soda bread , not only it's nutritious , I'm sure it's pretty delicious as well !

Unknown 14/3/14 13:28

I love the sourdough twist on this classic bread! The loaf looks absolutely perfect too... I bet it smelled great while baking!!

Mother Rimmy 14/3/14 13:45

This looks wonderful Angie. My daughter and I tried making soda bread a few years ago. Her grandmother grew up in Dublin, so it seemed like a good idea at the time. I must say it was a flop. Maybe we'll have better luck with this recipe.

Cathleen 14/3/14 16:33

Oh yum! This looks so good! I've been meaning to make some bread. This looks so good!

Unknown 14/3/14 17:28

Lovely and beautiful bread! Nothing like home bake goods-))

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 14/3/14 21:08

Fantastic Angie and I love your whole set up! Awesome :)

Koko 15/3/14 01:40

Perfect for St. Patty's!! I love the addition of hemp seeds!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 15/3/14 06:43

What a new fun take on Soda Bread! Can't wait to give it a try!

Rachel Cotterill 15/3/14 09:46

I went on a sourdough baking day last week, so now I have some starters to play with - I'm hoping to have a go this weekend :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 15/3/14 10:15

I can only admire your healthy bakes! I am not able to make bread recently as water interruption at my area, made baking and cooking so inconvenience..

Anonymous 15/3/14 14:17

I just made your divine bread & my husband Peter & I are loving it so much! I just ate it with a tasty seasonal salad! Divine! :) xxx

Amy 16/3/14 08:13

What a perfect sofa break for St. Patrick's day. Gotta make one tomorrow for the occasion. ;)

mjskit 17/3/14 04:51

Your repertoire of flour blows me away Angie. What the heck is Emmer grain? Need to look that one up. I love the color that molasses gives a loaf of bread as well as the flavor. This bread does look delicious!

Nammi 17/3/14 13:19

your blog always makes me want to try making bread :) do you own a bakery ? perhaps you should :)

Eliza Setiawan 18/3/14 14:02

wow, healthy stuff at its best! hard to find the ingredients here, though :(

Gina Stanley 19/3/14 18:06

Angie, this soda bread has all sorts of healthy additions. That farro ground is something I need to find. :)

Ilke 19/3/14 21:14

Looks like a perfect loaf! Wish I could try this but where I am staying does not have an oven. It will be hard not to bake anything for a while.
Now that everything is settling in, I am hoping to visit your beautiful blog more often and enjoy your baking :)

Ann Jones 22/3/14 01:48

Your bread is beautiful, sourdough is one of my favorite breads!

Gina 23/3/14 18:12

You never fail to amaze me! You always introduce me to something new and wonderful. Now I have to look around to see where I can buy emmer. Thanks - keep it up!



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