143 Quick Soda Bread (Sodzioki)

Did I say I took a few of my babcia’s sodzioki, neatly vacuum-packed, to Japan with me once? Yes, I like them that much. Crazy, no?

Funny, how I never associated sodzioki with a category: bread. Bread was something bought fresh from the bakery in the morning, usually in the form of a loaf, with a crispy, golden crust, and soft, sweet-smelling middle. Sodzioki were a treat, something my babcia Basia used to make on the side of her kitchen stove. I see her now, sitting on a small stool by the warm faience stove, peacefully baking sodzioki straight on the hot plate, without a pan. They were always slightly burnt – and these were my favourite bits.

Not many of these beautiful faience stoves remained in our modern and convenient kitchens. This doesn’t mean, however, we cannot recreate some flavours in a more modern setting – and get the taste as close to the real thing as possible. Worth a try, don’t you think?

Below my Mum’s recipe for my family’s famous sodzioki. Did I say I took a few of my babcia’s sodzioki, neatly vacuum-packed, to Japan with me once? Yes, I like them that much. Crazy, no?


500g flour
1tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
300ml kefir or buttermilk

1. Add flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl, mix well with a whisk.
2. Add kefir and mix with a wooden spoon. When possible, bring everything together with your hands and knead a smooth dough.
3. Divide the dough into balls, then flatten each of them thus forming little breads. You can make them as thick/flat as you like.
4. Preheat a non-stick pan (no fat). When the frying pan is hot, drop two or three breads onto it. Bake the breads on each side until golden brown (or darker, depending on your liking).
5. They taste best when still warm, with a generous addition of butter and a sprinkle of salt.


  1. Love the simplicity and ease of this recipe. The bread looks delicious. I’ll give it a try soon.Thanks for sharing! :)


    1. Thanks! These breads are nothing extraordinary, but I love them. Worked well on many roadtrips ;)


      1. Definitely on my list to try. As soon as we’ll get flour. There’s a shortage of it now… :(

      2. Really? So sorry to hear that. Wish there was anything I could do to help with flour supply! Fingers crossed things will get better soon X Stay well!

      3. It’s just temporary, due to the lockdown, but thanks so much for your kind words! :)

    1. Perfect word to describe these! 😁


  2. cookingwithrupa March 18, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Lovely recipe!


  3. Very simple recipe. These remind me of tiny buttermilk biscuits.


    1. Never made buttermilk biscuits! Do you have a recipe? I’d try! 😁


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