Soda Bread

Lilly Higgins shares her basic cooking skills

Ingredients


  • 450 g (1lb) plain flour
  • 1 tsp bread soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 350 ml buttermilk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C. Dust a heavy baking tray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl sieve the bread soda with the flour and salt.
  3. Make a well in the centre. Add the buttermilk. Use your hands or a round bladed knife to bring the dough together until it is craggy and soft.
  4. Wash your hands. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and shape into a round loaf, patting gently as you turn it.
  5. Lift gently onto the baking tray. Using a sharp knife score a cross shape onto the loaf.
  6. Bake immediately for 20 minutes, lower the oven to 200 and bake for a further 20 minutes until golden and risen, the base should sound hollow when tapped.

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Notes:

Lilly's tips: This basic dough can be transformed by adding 100g sultanas, chocolate chips or use half wholemeal flour. You could also add finely chopped herbs for a savoury bread to serve with soup





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