By Hubbub team member Aoife Allen


  • 450g plain flour or spelt flour or light rye flour
  • 400ml buttermilk or milk soured with a tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds


  1. Mix together the flour, bread soda, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Then make a well in the middle and pour in the liquid gradually, mixing with your hand in a claw shape. Don’t add the liquid all at once, and stop adding it when the mixture is soft but not sloppy.
  3. Turn out the bread onto a floured work surface and shape it into a rough round. Pat down the round until it’s around 2cm thick, then cut a deep cross into the surface with a sharp knife and put it onto a floured baking tray.
  4. Bake at 220°C for around 15 mins, then turn down to 180°C for 30 minutes more. Tap the base after 30 minutes at 180°C – it will sound hollow when it’s done.
  5. Leave to cool and then slice and enjoy.

Do you bake bread often? Or is this your first time trying it? Let us know how you got on, we’d love to hear from you.