Seeded Sourdough Emmer Soda Bread

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.