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Soda Bread Recipe

Have you tried making your own bread yet? Soda bread is one of easiest loaves to make, yet homemade bread feels like a real achievement! It tastes great whether served with sweet or savoury toppings: Fancy an afternoon treat? Toast a few slices and slather them with butter and jam. Want a quick lunch, it tastes great with low-fat cream cheese and smoked salmon. Once you get into the swing of making soda bread, the possibilities are endless.

Makes: One loaf

Ingredients

  • 650g plain white flour

  • 1 level tsp salt

  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 350ml buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 230 ̊C/210 ̊C fan/gas mark 8.

  2. Sieve the flour, salt and bread soda into
a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour almost all of the buttermilk into the well. Mix together with clean hands or a wooden spoon, mixing the flour into the well until it becomes a soft, spongy dough, but is not very wet or sticky. If it is too dry, add a little more buttermilk.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and shape it into a flat round about 5cm thick.

  4. Use a knife to mark the top of the dough with a cross that reaches the sides to "let the fairies out"!
  5. Place the bread onto a baking tray and
 bake for 20 minutes. Turn the heat down to 200 ̊C/180 ̊C/gas mark 6 and cook for another 25-30 minutes.

  6. The bread is done when the bottom of it sounds hollow when tapped. Leave the bread to cool on a wire rack.

Per Serving: 251kcals, 1g fat (0g saturated), 51.3g carbs, 1.9g sugars, 7.9g protein, 1.8g fibre, 0.398g sodium.

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