Soda Bread

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This week I fell in love with soda bread.

Very little can beat the welcoming chewy crust and fluffy interior of a loaf of freshly baked homemade bread. Unfortunately, bread can involve a fair amount of effort in kneading and a lot of time in the proving. Sometimes one needs comfort without the effort.

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Times like these call for soda bread. Lovely, ugly soda bread. Good old fashioned Irish style bread which requires no kneading or proving at all; you can have this loaf on the table ready to serve in an hour. Now that is comforting!

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Soda bread has a wonderfully different texture to your average loaf, almost somewhere between bread and a muffin, it is a lovely cakey texture that compliments whatever you’re pairing it with perfectly.

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It also lends itself well to flavouring, which means you can add herbs, spices and even cheese to the dough and make this simple loaf extra yummy!

Anyway, enough rambling, time to make some bread. You’ll first need to preheat your oven.

Simply weigh the two types of flour into a bowl and add the bicarbonate of soda and the salt.

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Make a well in the centre and pour in your buttermilk.

Use a spoon or table knife to mix this into a rough dough.

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Lightly flour a work surface and tip your dough onto it, using your hands to bring it together and shape into a smoother ball.

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Pop this ball onto a greased baking tray and use a knife to score a cross into it – this traditionally let the “devil” out of the loaf but nowadays it just helps it bake evenly!

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Now stick the tray in the oven and bake until crisp, golden and hollow-sounding when tapped underneath.

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Once baked, cover the loaf with a slightly damp tea towel and allow to cool. This prevents the crust from getting too dry and hard.

When the loaf is cool, it’s time to eat!

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Soda bread is also great in that it slices much more thinly and neatly than regular fresh bread – which is notorious for being particularly difficult to slice during its first day of life.

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I decided to turn my first taste of this loaf into a rather unashamedly middle class affair, topping it with creme fraiche and some lovely smoked salmon. Truth be told, you can top or spread this with anything sweet or savoury and it will be a delicious homemade treat!

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Easy homemade bread? Done.

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Soda Bread

Soda Bread

Perfect and simple Irish soda bread with a unique texture and wonderful flavour!

Ingredients

  • 250g plain white flour
  • 250g plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 420ml buttermilk (or normal milk with 1tbsp lemon juice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees if you have a conventional oven or 180 degrees if you have a fan oven.
  2. Weigh the two types of flour into a bowl and add the bicarbonate of soda and the salt.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in your buttermilk.
  4. Use a spoon or table knife to mix this into a rough dough.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface and tip your dough onto it, using your hands to bring it together and shape into a smoother ball.
  6. Pop this ball onto a greased baking tray and use a knife to score a deep cross into it.
  7. Now stick the tray in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until crisp, golden and hollow-sounding when tapped underneath.
  8. Once baked, cover the loaf with a slightly damp tea towel and allow to cool. This prevents the crust from getting too dry and hard.
  9. Enjoy!

This bread is easily flavoured, just add in herbs, cheese or anything else you like!

http://maverickbaking.com/soda-bread/

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