First of all, may I say sorry as I think this I am a day late with adding this recipe for my Malteser Soda Bread recipe but better late than never. Yesterday seems to have gone past in a blur and I can only put this down to the baking marathon which I had yesterday for orders of Pinata Cupcakes and trials Pecan Cookies (sugar free). Also, I spent the evening looking at branching out into other baking avenues but more about that another time. 🙂

Enough about that now back to the recipe which is Malteser Soda Bread  and it has become a firm favourite with my children. I have shared a recipe for Irish Soda Bread before which I have adapted for this sweet bread.

A Malteser Soda Bread Recipe

Recipe by V.DaleCourse: Recipes, Sweet TreatsCuisine: picnic idea, sweet treat, soda breadDifficulty: Easy


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A novelty idea to make soda bread popular with everyone, young or old!


  • 300g plain flour

  • 25g caster sugar

  • 0.5 tsp salt

  • 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 284ml buttermilk

  • 75g chopped dark chocolate

  • 1tsp vanilla extract

  • 12 Malteser Buttons


  • Preheat the oven to Gas 6.
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, weigh out the dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Add the chopped chocolate and mix together.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix to form a dough.
  • Shape into a large rectangular shape and flatten before you place it on the tray.
  • Cut deep lines running both ways into the top of the dough.
  • Place a Malteser Button on the centre of each piece.
  • Bake for 30 minutes till browned and the base sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Dust with icing sugar before serving.
  • Serve warm straight from the oven or cold for a snack after school.


  • Nutritionally, one portion of this soda bread contains 238 calories, 4.8g total fat (6% daily total fat), 41.7g total carbohydrate (15% daily total carbohydrate), 1.4g fibre (5% daily fibre). (based on a 2000 calorie diet)

You can use whatever chocolate you want on the top of this bread.

This bread is free from /suitable for:-

  • vegetarian friendly
  • egg free
  • free from tree nuts
  • free from peanuts
  • free from lupins
  • free from sesame

Not suitable for vegans

From the table you can see that the calories are not too bad for this homemade soda bread and it is made using wholemeal flour. The sugars are not too bad considering that there is chocolate in the recipe.

The recipe for Malteser Soda Bread is so easy because there is no yeast needed so there is no kneading or proving needed. What more can you ask for?? My oldest children can prepare and bake this bread themselves. However, I have changed the recipe from the standard wholemeal flour which I usually use to plain flour and I have added sugar to the recipe. I wanted to make the Soda Bread sweet as something that the children can eat on the run on their way out of the door to a club or their friends houses.  Of course, my children have had this sweet bread for breakfast and packed lunches too so it doesn’t last very long. Now my daughters can make it themselves and want to make it so I can leave them to it.

The Maltesers were added by my daughter when I asked her to put some chocolate in the centre of the uncooked bread dough the very first time I tried out the recipe. In the oven the dough seemed to protect the chocolate from burning which was rather interesting. As my daughter picked Malteser Buttons instead of the standard chocolate which I thought she would pick up I have called the bread Malteser Soda Bread.