Apple & Pear Cider Spelt Soda Bread

British Apples, cider, breakfast, tea, quick, easy

With the fabulous abundance of British apples right now I was sent a voucher by Sainsbury’s to buy myself some. My personal favourites are Coxes with their intensely sweet flavour so these are the ones I plumped for. I ummed and aahed as to what I should make with my apples and after a rummage in the kitchen cupboards and fridge I decided to make Soda Bread as it had long been on my to do list and I’d also just made some Plum and Apple Jam which would go with it perfectly (recipe to be posted soon). If I’d have had Apple Cider I would have used that but I only had Pear Cider and I think it worked perfectly. The family certainly enjoyed it!

British Apples, cider, breakfast, tea, quick, easy

I think this bread is so versatile as it can be eaten with jam for a sweet treat for tea or breakfast or with cheese at lunch time.

British Apples, cider, breakfast, tea, quick, easyAs this recipe is perfectly suited to breakfast I am entering the Breakfast Club Challenge (where the theme is fruit this month) run by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and being hosted this month by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy. Next I’m entering Tea Time Treats where the theme is bread and is run by Karen at Lavender & Lovage and Kate at What Kate Baked who is hosting this month. Finally I am entering Javelin W/arrior’s Made With Love Mondays challenge as this bread is totally made from scratch.

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Apple & Pear Cider Spelt Soda Bread
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A delicious wholegrain spelt loaf flecked with pieces of apple made with sweet pear cider, perfect for breakfast, tea or lunch!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8
  • 250g Plain strong flour
  • 250g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 400 mls Pear cider
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Eating apple (Cox is good) peeled and diced small
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Combine the flours, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Mix in the apple.
  4. Pour in the cider and combine to form a dough (you might want to oil your hand).
  5. It will be a wet dough but you might need to add a little more flour.
  6. Tip onto a well floured work top and knead for 1 minute. (Do not overwork the dough or you will lose all the gases that are going to make this loaf rise in the oven).
  7. Form the dough into a round, dust with spelt flour and score a cross into the top.
  8. Place on a floured baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. (If it makes a hollow sound when base is knocked it’s ready).
  9. Place on a cooling rack.

British Apples, cider, breakfast, tea, quick, easy






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  1. Martina Evans

    Fab recipe, the end result looks great!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Martina, it tastes fab too:-)

  2. Ickle Pickle

    This looks delicious and sounds amazing! I have never tried anything like this – I must do. Kaz x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kaz it was lush:-)

  3. Paul Wilson

    Love soda bread.

  4. Heather Haigh

    What fabulous bread – bet that will be superb with your jam.

    1. Camilla

      Yes I think we had it with the Plum & Apple jam:-)

  5. Anne Dalzell

    I’ve a packet of spelt flour that i’ve had sitting in the cupboard for ages, this sounds like just the thing to make. Bet it’s delicious all warm and buttery.

    1. Camilla

      It is lush and perfect for this time of year:-)

  6. William Gould

    Looks good – we didn’t have any apples from our 4 mini-trees this year – plenty of pears though!

    1. Camilla

      I’ve grown an apple tree from a Braeburn pip and after 5 years it still hasn’t flowered so I’m crossing fingers for next year!

  7. Paul Wilson

    The apples and pears in my garden aren’t far off now.

    1. Camilla

      Lucky you:-)

  8. Judith Luscombe

    Apple and pear bread, never thought of that, but hopefully will get to taste it soon

    1. Camilla

      So easy, hope you enjoy it:-)

  9. Paul Wilson

    This looks really tasty.

  10. Rachel O'neill

    Cider and bread waheyyyy

  11. Annie Costa

    I love eating this bread with lime chutney..!

  12. auntygeek

    I’ve never even heard of soda bread before! 😮 I’d love to see more recipes with pear cider though, a favourite! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I use it in my Emmental Soda Bread too – I love pear cider too:-)

  13. Tracy Nixon

    Must admit I am not a fan of soda/spelt bread but I am sure my parents would like it so will pass it on!

    1. Camilla

      Most soda breads are made with buttermilk which we don’t like in this family so maybe you would like this one made with cider as it just tastes like normal bread:-)

  14. Aga Girls

    I love soda bread. This is such a great idea for making if more interesting.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it was good:-)

  15. Kirsty Fox

    I never know what to make with apples and this sounds delicious, my hubby would love it!

    1. Camilla

      Do let me know how you get on:-)

  16. Lisa (@unitedcakedom)

    This bread looks amazing!! Thank you for linking up on my Apple Bakes linky post! :0)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you and it’s a pleasure to link up:-)

  17. Susan el Carter

    I’ve never tried to make soda bread – I shall give it a go as it is so much nicer when you know when it was made and what has gone onto it.

    I’ve noted your adviceon not knocking the air back out but I struggle to ‘knead’ things now – will it be okay to use a food mixer.?

    1. Camilla

      I really wouldn’t you just need to mix til forms a sticky dough and then shape into a loaf by tucking it in on itself to form a neat dome so no kneading required at all really. The raising agent means you need to get it in the oven quickly and not overwork it or you’ll loose the gases:-)

  18. Aline Conus

    Flavoured soda bread, what a good idea. I wonder if this one could do with a touch of curry!

  19. Alison

    I love soda bread but never though of adding fruit, it looks lovely

  20. Ursula Hunt

    Great idea for a flavour of bread

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, a case of what you have to hand:-)

  21. Tracy Nixon

    Lovely breakfast idea thanks!

  22. Stephanie Whitehouse

    I’ve been wanting to try spelt flour, and have rather a lot of apples so this is ideal

    1. Camilla

      Great, enjoy:-)

  23. Maya Russell

    Just a fabulous unusual recipe! It looks so good.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it will be repeated as it was so good – the combinations are endless:-)

  24. What Kate Baked

    Another ‘FAB’ entry! Thanks Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kate:-)

  25. Gill

    This might be enough to tempt me into making soda bread again. Especially as I’ve just been buying cider in wales!

    1. Camilla

      I feel so slow in coming to the table where Soda Bread is concerned, will experiment more now:-)

  26. Javelin Warrior

    Soda bread is always so simple and delicious – although I’ve never had it with apple before. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had a Cox apple either. I love the use of the pear cider and this bread must be bursting with fall goodness!

    1. Camilla

      Thank Mark, it was lush and I we were so busy eating it with my Plum & Apple Jam I never got round to having some good Cheddar Cheese on it so I have to make it again soon:-)


    You and your apples! Looks lovely though – Ive never done one with fruit in before, a fab alternative to just ‘normal’. xoxo

    1. Camilla

      Always looking to be different LOL:-)

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