It’s the WEEKEND and what better way to wake up than to the smell of freshly baked bread? Honestly, making this loaf will take less time than hopping over to the bakery and it’ll fill your house will all the right smells.
Soda bread is a quick bread and indeed, very quick to make as it doesn’t need to rise. You can make the dough in less than 10 minutes and pop it in the oven while you get showered and ready for the day, or showered and into a fresh pair of PJs to continue slobbing around!
Sound like a plan?
All you need to make one loaf of soda bread is:
*Recipe from Great British Bake Off
- 250g plain white flour
- 250g wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 400ml buttermilk (or babeurre acidulé for those in Switzerland)
Preheat oven to 210°C. Combine all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and pour in half the buttermilk. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Add the other half of the butter milk and mix again. Once you’ve done as much as you can with the spoon, put the dough onto a floured surface and use your hands to form into a ball.
Place onto a baking tray and rub the top with a little extra flour. Use a large knife to cut across the middle of the loaf cutting almost all the way down to the baking tray. Cut down again in the other direction to make 4 equal parts and so that the top is marked with a + sign. Bake for 35 minutes.
Tip: when checking if it’s ready, make sure the centre of the + sign is crispy and not doughy.
Leave to cool on a wire rack. Now, I normally like bread fresh out of the oven, but I do let soda cool down properly as it’s so dense it’s almost moist when warm. Trust me on this one.
In my opinion, soda bread goes well with pretty much anything. The slices of this loaf have been lathered with nutella, this beloved combo and just simply, butter. Can you tell I’ve been living off soda bread for the last few days?
90% carb diet for 2 days straight. No regrets. xS