Soda bread

Soda bread

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Leiths How to Cook
Makes
1 x 800–850 g loaf
Photographer
Peter Cassidy

Leavened with chemical raising agents rather than yeast, this is a quick bread.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g plain flour, plus extra to dust
250g wholemeal flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon caster sugar
50g butter
300-350ml buttermilk

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190°C. Lightly flour a baking sheet.
  2. Sift the flours, salt, bicarbonate of soda and sugar into a large bowl and add back any bran still left in the sieve.
  3. Cut the butter into 1 cm pieces and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips, then briskly stir in just enough buttermilk to make a soft dough.
  4. Transfer to the floured baking sheet and shape, with a minimum of handling, into a large disc about 4–5 cm thick. With the floured handle of a wooden spoon, make a dent 2 cm deep in the shape of a cross on top, then lightly dust with flour.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35–45 minutes, until the soda bread is risen, golden brown and with no greyness evident in the cross. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Note

  • If you can’t find buttermilk, use milk and add 2 teaspoons cream of tartar to the dry ingredients. Alternatively, add 2–3 tablespoons lemon juice to ordinary milk and leave in a warm place for 10–15 minutes to sour the milk, which will provide enough acidity.

Variation

  • Fruited white soda bread: Use all white flour and add an extra 6 tablespoons sugar to the flour, with 175 g raisins or sultanas.
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