Irish Soda Bread

Makes one loaf
222g wholemeal flour
225g strong white flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
60g butter
300ml buttermilk + 1 to 3 tbsp. buttermilk
Flour for kneading
Baking parchment 

Sieve the wholemeal flour. Set aside half the bran that collects in the sieve, but add the other half back. Mix the sieved wholemeal, white flour, salt, sugar, and bicarbonate of soda together. Add the butter and rub into the mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. Add the 300ml of buttermilk and knead to a smooth dough. Add more if it is too dry. Shape the dough into a round loaf and put it on to a baking tray lined with parchment. Using a floured knife, make a cross 1-2cm deep in the centre of the loaf. Press the slits with the floured handle of a mixing spoon. Sprinkle with water and the bran saved from sieving. Bake on the second lowest shelf in a pre-heated oven (200◦C/gas 6) for 30-40min.

Other bread recipes include:

  • Ciabatta
  • Welsh bara brith
  • Cottage loaf
  • Snail-shape bread rolls
  • Brioche plait

All bread recipes are available in our Sep/Oct 2012 issue.