Irish soda bread – Serves 6
Soda bread is raised with bicarbonate of soda producing carbon dioxide gas. You can add extras to this savoury bread – chopped cherry tomatoes, grated cheese, celery salt, mixed herbs – to add extra flavour.
80g self-raising flour
80g plain flour
½ level teaspoon (2g) salt
½ level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (2g)
100ml buttermilk or 100ml milk mixed with ½ teaspoon cream of tartar or vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Lightly flour a baking tray.
- Put the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl and stir.
- Make a dent in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk, or milk mixed with cream of tartar or vinegar. Mix quickly to form a soft dough.
- Add less or more milk if the dough is not sticky enough.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead.
- Shape into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on the baking tray.
- Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
- Cool on a cooling rack.