Veggie Desserts' Kale and Herb Soda Bread

COOK: 30 Minutes
Skill Level: Easy

Nutrition Info (Per Serving)

264 Energy
46g Carbohydrate
6g Protein
1g (of which Sugar)
5g Fat
1g Fibre
647mg Salt


150g kale leaves, woody stalks discarded

400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

2 tsp dried mixed herbs

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp sugar

300 ml buttermilk (or 300ml milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice stirred in and left to sit for 5 mins)


1. Heat the oven to 200C (Gas Mark 6) and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Tear the kale leaves into bite sized pieces and boil or steam them for a few minutes until tender. Refresh by running under cold water to cool, then drain and squeeze out any excess moisture. Chop finely, then puree to a paste with a hand blender. Note: Kale can be fibrous, so if necessary add a tablespoon of the buttermilk to aid pureeing.

3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, herbs, sea salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl, adding any sifted out herbs or salt back to the bowl, and make a well in the middle.

4. Stir the pureed kale into the buttermilk, then add it to the well in the dry mixture, and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a sticky dough.

5. With floured hands, pat the dough into a ball and flatten slightly, then place on the baking sheet.

6. Cut a deep cross across the top with a knife and sprinkle it with a little flour.

7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and tapping the bottom of the soda bread makes a hollow sound. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Recipe by Veggie Desserts

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