Soda bread is most commonly made in Ireland, it is wonderful! Crisp crust, inside it is soft and slightly chewy in a nice way, it has its own particular flavour and is utterly delicious, best served while warm with lashings of Irish butter!
- 170g/6oz self-raising wholemeal flour
- 170g/6oz plain flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 290ml/½ pint buttermilk
Five ingredients – that’s not bad! If you prefer white flour, that’s fine! So how do you make it… that too is simplicity itself:
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Make a hollow in the middle and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a metal spoon, or gently with your hands, adding a little more milk if it seems to stiff, but don’t make it slimy or sticky
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly, really you’re just pulling it all together
- make it into a ball, then press it down slightly and put it on a floured baking tray
- Cut a cross right across the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
- when it’s coolish cut, butter, add jam if you want, eat and enjoy!
- (You can add choc chips or dried fruit if you like!)