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Irish soda bread

Get the taste of Ireland with this fresh, no-fuss soda bread

  • Takes 45-55 minutes
  • Makes 1 loaf
  • Easy
  • Makes 1 loaf
  • Easy
  • Calories 296
  • Carbohydrates 56
  • Saturated Fat 3
  • Sugar 0
  • Protein 11
  • Fat 5
  • Fibre 5
  • Salt 1.21

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 296
  • Carbohydrates 56
  • Saturated Fat 3
  • Sugar 0
  • Protein 11
  • Fat 5
  • Fibre 5
  • Salt 1.21

Ingredients

  • 250g plain white flour
  • 250g plain wholemeal flour
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g butter, cut in pieces
  • 500ml buttermilk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C and dust a baking sheet with flour. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips (handle it very, very gently). Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm/8in in diameter.

  2. Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top. (Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.) Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.

  3. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, break into quarters, then break or cut each quarter in half to make 8 wedges or slices – or simply slice across. Eat very fresh.

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