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Fennel Soda Bread Recipe

Fennel Soda Bread

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 27, 2003

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 better.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 07, 2012

When I saw the fennel in this I was intrigued and decided to make half the recipe in an 8" cake pan. This baked up beautifully. The taste was good, the fennel was subtle and I liked it the first day. The second day the crust had lost some of it's crispness and wasn't nearly as good. To salvage it, I decided to toast it which did improve it somewhat. I doubt that I'll be making this one again, but it was fun to try.


40 Ratings

Oct 24, 2003

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

Dec 29, 2005

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.

Nov 05, 2003

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. Loved the sweetness.

Apr 29, 2006

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

Oct 15, 2006

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've served this to has asked for the recipe!

Nov 17, 2003

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


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  • Calories
  • 222 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.6 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 5.6 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 361 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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