‘Everything bagel’ mini soda bread

A fun twist on a classic!

I’ve been making soda bread for years but usually stick with this classic, Irish-inspired sweet version with raisins. I am finding my tastebuds seem to crave savoury tastes more than sweet ones lately, so I thought it would be fun to try changing up the flavour profile of soda bread plus make it in mini format because everyone seems to love a crispy crust so much! I enjoy slathering these beauties with herbed or smoked salmon cream cheese, but they’re equally delicious with butter (and jam, too, if you love that sweet-savory combo). Note that you can make your own buttermilk for this recipe by heating 1/4 cup (60 mL) of milk to lukewarm in the microwave. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar and stir; you should see it getting a little clumpy. Add the remaining 1/4 cup (60 mL) milk and refrigerate until needed. You should be able to find ‘everything bagel’ seasoning blend at a local store on online; it’s also easy to make your own with this simple recipe.



  • 1 1/2 cups (156 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) very cold salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (18 g) ‘everything bagel’ seasoning blend, divided
  • 2 green onions (scallions), minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Grate the cold butter into the mixture and stir so the shards of butter get coated in flour.
  • Stir in half of the ‘everything bagel’ seasoning and the green onions.
  • Add the buttermilk and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until it comes together to form a rough dough.
  • Keeping the dough in the bowl, knead it a few times with your very clean hands until it comes together in a shaggy ball. Divide into four evenly-sized pieces. Gently form each piece into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them out evenly. Flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand.
  • Using a sharp knife, score an X across the top of each. Sprinkle each loaf with 3/4 teaspoon of the remaining bagel seasoning. Bake until golden brown, about 18 – 20 minutes (the best way to ascertain when they are done is with an instant-read thermometer; finished temperature should be 180F).
  • Let cool slightly before serving with butter or cream cheese.

Makes 4 mini loaves; recipe can easily be multiplied.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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