Soda Bread

Friday, December 25, 2015

This is an incredibly easy bread to make; no kneading, no waiting for it to rise before baking. Just mix the ingredients and shape the result into a ball, then put it on a baking tray and into the oven at 2oo degrees celsius for 3/4 to 1 hour. Test it by knocking on its bottom and listening for a hollow sound (I sometimes put it back into the oven, upside down, for another 10 minutes until I get this sound).

Ingredients:

250 grams strong white flour
250 grams strong wholemeal flour
Buttermilk to add until the mixture is comes together in a ball and ¬†feels ‘sticky’ but not ‘wet’.
50 grams butter, softened (optional, it can be made without it – try both ways)
a teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
a teaspoon of salt.

Mix it all together shape, make two or three slashes across the top with a sharp knife, scatter a little flour over it and you are done. Grease abaking tray then into the oven with it. Be quick, so that the buttermilk can do its work.

The slashes open the bread up and make it look good when you take it out of the oven.