With St Patrick’s Day coming up on Thursday, this is the perfect easy soda bread recipe to make with your little leprechauns.
250g wholemeal flour
250g strong white bread flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (baking soda)
1 teaspoon sea salt
400ml cultured buttermilk or milk kefir
Extra milk or buttermilk, if required
Extra flour for dusting.
Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan forced)
Line a baking tray with paper.
Sift the flours, bicarbonate soda and salt together into a large bowl.
Make a well in the middle of the flour.
Pour the buttermilk into the flour and mix together with a spatula to form a dough. You want the dough stiff enough to hold its shape, but not so stiff that it barely hangs together. If the mix appears to be too dry, add a small amount of extra milk to bring the dough together.
Pat the dough into a high ball and transfer to the lined tray.
Dust the top of the loaf with extra flour and slash a cross into the top.
Bake in the hot oven for 30 - 40 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the base.
Eat straight away or allow to cool before serving.
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