Around the world in 80 dishes: Irish soda bread

Around the world in 80 dishes: Irish soda bread

This has got to be one of the easiest homemade bread recipes ever! Super-delicious too

With no kneading or proving, soda bread is an absolute cinch to make. It’s delicious with cheese, soup or just slathered in the best-quality butter, and is way too good to be saved for St Patrick’s Day!
Traditional Irish soda bread
Difficulty level: easy
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Preparation time: 5 minutes

170g self-raising wholemeal flour
170g plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
290ml buttermilk

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 °C/gas mark 6.
2. Tip the dry ingredients into a big mixing bowl and stir to combine.
3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk. Mix together quickly and lightly with a fork. You may find you need to add a little milk at this stage, but go gently because you don’t want a mixture that’s too wet and sticky.
4. Form your dough into a round and then flatten slightly before scoring a deep cross into the top (traditionally, this lets the fairies out!). Place on a lightly floured baking sheet.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
6. Cool on a wire rack.

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love this

dbennett 19/05/2016

must make some.

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