Fennel Soda Bread

Fennel Soda Bread


"I served this bread at last year's Christmas dinner and it was the topic of conversation at the table. Everyone loved it! Delicious with any meal or on its own."


1 h 20 m servings 222 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 222 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.6g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 5.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 361 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and fennel seed. In another bowl, stir together the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, until just blended using a large spoon. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Dot with the 3 tablespoons of chilled butter.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until puffed and golden. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
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  1. 39 Ratings


Wonderful! It's hard to believe it's a quick bread instead of a yeast bread. Versatile enough for almost any dish. I used nonfat buttermilk and I couldn't imagine how it could have tasted bet...

I took this soda bread to a St Patrick's Day party - it got rave reviews, and several people asked for the recipe.

Very good bread. So sweet and moist. I served it with a German meal of dumplings and Sauerbraten for my Grandmother and other relatives and everyone raved about it.

Very good bread. Smoother crumb than I usually find in soda breads, so it's a nice change of pace. I think it got a little dry by the next day, so eat it right out of the oven for best results...

Absolutely wonderful. More like a yeast bread than most quick breads I've made.

Seriously amazing, and seriously easy to make. I love the flavour of fennel - but even if you don't particularly like fennel, it's subtle and adds a nice punch to the bread. Almost everyone I'...

Wonderful! Great with savory foods or as a breakfast treat.

Delicious bread! My husband thought it was too sweet, so next time I might reduce the amount of sugar. Nice hot out of the oven or toasted the next day.

How can something that is so easy to make taste so good??? This soda bread was the star of my dinner. Tasty, easy to make - the whole family loved it. We had it with chicken in a hot and swee...