Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread

Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread

Easy soda bread with chunks of roasted pepper and thyme, ideal with salads, cheese and cold meats.

Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread

I’ve been on holiday in France with my family this week and just got back on Sunday afternoon. I had some lovely baguette of course while away, and enjoyed it in particular on the side of the warm goat’s cheese salads which you can often find on the lunch menus.

This week I didn’t actually manage to watch Great British Bake Off as we only had French TV in our gite (talk about bad planning!), so I caught up on Bread week this afternoon. This obviously then spurred me into baking a loaf of roasted pepper and thyme soda bread, as you do, using up bits and pieces left over in my fridge.

Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread

I’ve never made soda bread before from scratch, and it sounded quite appealing since no proving is needed and it doesn’t require yeast. Just what is needed when you are just back home after a long journey.

How to Make Soda Bread with Roasted Peppers

First I roasted a yellow and red pepper languishing in the fridge, without oil. I removed the skin to leave the soft and sweet flesh, and chopped this up into small pieces.

Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread - BakingQueen74

I stripped the leaves from a few stems of fresh thyme as well. Not having any buttermilk in the house, I found online that you can make buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar to 250 ml of milk, so that is what I did here. If you have buttermilk then feel free to use it instead.

I used a mixture of self-raising flour and some seeded wholemeal flour here to add texture to the bread. You can of course use just self-raising flour in the recipe instead.

Cut deep slashes in the dough before cooking, this helps it to bake through.

Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread - BakingQueen74

My roasted pepper and thyme soda bread smelt great as it baked, the scent of thyme pervading through the house. It was delicious with some salad and feta cheese. Great to bring some summer flavours to your kitchen.

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Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread

Roasted Pepper and Thyme Soda Bread

An easy bread ideal to serve in the summer with salads and cheese, with chunks of roasted pepper and flavoured with fresh thyme
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Roasting Peppers: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 250 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 240 g self-raising flour
  • 110 g seeded wholemeal flour
  • 1.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 egg for the egg wash


  • Remove the seeds from the peppers and roast them at 180 degrees for 30 mins until the skin begins to turn black and the flesh is soft.
  • Let the peppers cool then remove the skin and chop them into small pieces.
  • Place the milk and vinegar in a jug and mix well, leave it for five to ten minutes.
  • Place the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add the chopped roasted pepper and the thyme leaves and mix well.
  • Add the milk and vinegar mixture and stir with a wooden spoon.
  • The dough will start to come together.
  • Tip it onto the work surface and bring it together with your hands.
  • Don't knead or it will get overworked and the bread will be heavy rather than crumbly.
  • Form the dough into a round loaf and place it on a baking tray dusted with flour.
  • Using a sharp knife, make two deep slashes on the top of the dough.
  • Brush the dough with the beaten egg.
  • Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (fan) for 35 to 40 minutes until deep brown and the base sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Leave to cool on a rack.
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I’m linking this recipe up with Bready Steady Go, from Jen’s Food (hosting this month) and Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.

Also joining with Credit Crunch Munch from Fab Food 4 All and Fuss Free Flavours, hosted this month by Food Glorious Food.

Also linking up with the Great Bloggers Bake Off 2015 with Mummy Mishaps; Jo’s Kitchen is hosting for this week

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Fab idea for a soda bread! I actually don’t like the flavour that buttermilk gives the bread so have used lemon juice, beer or my favourite cider in the past! Thanks for a great entry to #CreditCrunchMunch;-)

What perfect flavourings I bet it smelled amazing when baking and tasted fab too 🙂

Roasted pepper and thyme soda bread – I like everything about the sound of that! I usually use natural yoghurt instead of buttermilk when I make soda bread, so you could try that next time too perhaps. Thanks for linking up to #cookblogshare this week.

roasted peppers and thyme are some of my favourite flavours! I definitely want to try this soon!

Your soda bread looks delicious Lucy, I love the addition of roasted red peppers. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Oh yum! I don’t think I’ve ever pimped a soda bread recipe before, I only ever make it if we need bread in a hurry but you’ve made me think about making it on a more relaxed day now and giving it some extra love 🙂
Janie x

This looks fantastic Lucy, Paul Hollywood would be asking for seconds I’m sure! Thanks for sharing.

Will mark this and give it a go! I love the flavours you’ve used. Soda bread never quite goes to plan when I do it as gluten free but it’s still edible ha! Nice bake x

I had never thought about adding other yummy ingredients to soda bread, what a fantastic idea!

Lovely looking soda bread Lucy, like you I’m going to be using it all the time as a leftovers loaf!!

Fuss Free Helen

Lovely bread, and great addition of the roasted pepper. You know I am not sure I have ever made soda bread?

ooooh hello tasty looking bread 😉 this looks lovely Lucy and IU for one would be happy to eat it for you 🙂 bet it would be lovely with some hummus spread on it x
thank you for linking up x

Your soda bread looks sooo good Lucy, really scrummy and great flavours. I love making bread (even when it doesn’t work out as planned) as the smell in just so delicious whilst it bakes.
Angela x