Recipe: Heaven on Earth Soda Bread

We have a fantastic guest post today by Melanie from Something a Little Pretty! Pull up a chair and your favorite beverage and check it out….


Melanie’s Cinnamon and Sugar Soda Bread
Like Jennifer here at The Essential Homemaker, I am always on the lookout for ways to hone my homemaking skills, save money and still provide some of the “goodness in life” (aka good eats) for my family.
This bread just happens to fit all that criteria.  It is extremely easy to throw together at the last minute, very VERY forgiving (great for us beginners), it costs next to nothing to make, and it is so darn good.  I once ate half a loaf all on my onesies in one evening.  Nope, no joke.  It’s THAT good.The secret to it’s fantastictability and versatility?  Soda.  Pop.  Soda Pop.  Whatever you call it.  How about carbonated beverage.  That’s right…it’s all about the carbonation.  That is it’s secret weapon.  Any brand, any flavor.  Whatever you want.  The sweeter the soda, the sweeter the end product will be.  Lemon-lime is fairly middle ground.  Orange soda will vamp up the sweetness and ginger-ale or club soda will drastically cut it down.  Root beer or Cola will make it darker, etc.  Even carbonated juice will do the trick.  Remember, it’s the carbonation that makes this recipe what it is.
Experiment.  Play.  Make it yours.
Here’s the basic formula.
Heaven on Earth Soda Bread
(adapted from
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (12oz) can carbonated soda/beverage
  • 1-2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted (optional–trust me, it doesn’t need it)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
3. Add carbonated soda/beverage all at once.  Mix vigorously for 20-30 seconds, just until well combined.  Batter will be thick and lumpy.
4. Scrape and spread batter into a greased 9x5inch loaf pan.
5. Bake in the oven 35-40 minutes, until sides separate from pan and knife in the center comes out clean.  Turn out onto rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

*Melanie’s Cinnamon and Sugar Soda Bread (pictured above and oh so my favorite)

Mix ingredients as directed above, using lemon-lime or apple flavored soda (Apple beer or Manzanita Sol are some goodies).  Once the loaf is spread into the pan, pour 1 TBSP melted, unsalted butter over the top of dough.  Combine 3 TBSP sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon.  Sprinkle over melted butter and bake as directed above.   Or divide dough, butter and sugar/cinnamon evenly into 12 muffin tins for a scrumptious breakfast treat.*Make up a milder version, using club soda or ginger ale.  Scrape the whole blob of it onto a greased cookie sheet and bake away (as directed above).  Once completely cooled, cube it up and use it on the side with your favorite dip.  Think spinach, artichoke, nacho cheese, etc.  You get the idea.  SO SO GOOD!  I’m drooling.
Other ideas:
*Mix Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese into batter for an Italian twist.
*Add carbonated juice, nuts, and diced fruit to make muffins or breakfast breads.
*Make cornbread by substituting liquid with a 16 oz can of creamed corn and 1/3 cup oil.
* Drizzle with honey
*Spread with butter and sprinkle with Seasoned Salt; then grill.
* Use, cubed, for bread pudding.

(suggestions by Tastefully Simple)

I hope you fall in love with this simple and awesome quick bread as I have.

—-Jenn here again. Thanks Mel, for the awesome recipe! I’m thinking that apple beer variation is on my list of “Do It Now’s.”

Has anyone tried any of these awesome variations before?
Which one have YOU tried?

4 thoughts on “Recipe: Heaven on Earth Soda Bread

  1. Ok I made this over the weekend, using ginger ale and my moms old sturdy bread pans. It worked! Although, when it doesn’t turn out like I “think” it will, I always wonder why, and my first thought goes to if my ingredients are getting old in the pantry. It turned out very dense (heavy) and biscuit-like, but I read others experiences with this and it was similar comments. Also, the ginger ale is very mild flavoring – to the point that my bread tasted like flour if nothing was on it. it was great for dipping in chili, or putting honey on it. I would like to try it with apple beer, and also the cornbread one – I think the consistency would be really good for the cornbread. But it was E-Z PEA-Z and any recipe with under 5 ingredients holds my attention.


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