Homemade Soda bread

This recipe is really versatile. You can use 300g of plain flour instead of 50% plain and 50% wholemeal or you can incorporate different flavour combinations such as cheese and chives, sundried tomatoes and oregano or honey, cinnamon and raisins. Use your creativity and enjoy the amazing taste of fresh bread.

Homemade Soda bread

Ingredients:

  • 150g wholemeal flour
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 280 – 300ml plain runny yoghurt or buttermilk
  • Oats or seeds for sprinkling on top

Method:

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  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 °C to 180 °C.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl (herbs, raisins, grated cheese, etc can be added to the dry ingredients).
  3. Add most of the yoghurt (about 250 ml) and mix all together with your hands until you achieve a slightly sticky dough. The type of flour used will interfere slightly with the amount of yoghurt you’ll need, therefore you should add the remaining yoghurt a little at a time.

Step 4 - Work the dough

4. Turn out the dough on a surface and mix it with your hands until it comes together into a ball. You only want the dough to come together. If you overwork the dough, your bread will become tough.

Step 5 - Dust the dough

5. Transfer the dough to a baking tray dusted with flour. Sprinkle the oats or the seeds on top of the bread and cut it into six pieces but not all the way through, making sure that the pieces are all still attached to each other at the bottom.

6. Bake for 20 to 25 mins until golden brown. Eat warm with a good helping of homemade butter.

Tip: This bread is best eaten fresh, but if you have any leftovers you can slice it and freeze it. To defrost, either place it in the toaster from frozen in a hot oven for a few minutes until defrosted and lightly toasted. Try it with our homemade butter recipe to really bring out the flavours.

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