There's nothing we like more than a strong cup of tea and a slice of thickly buttered soda bread - especially if it's home made. This simple recipe will give you fresh, tasty soda bread every time.
Ingredients (makes 1 loaf, or eight slices):
250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
250g wholemeal plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp caster sugar
25g unsalted butter, diced
300ml cultured buttermilk
75–100ml semi-skimmed milk
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Per slice: 280 cals, 3.9g fat, 2g sat fat, 5.7g total sugars, 1.1g salt
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5.
2. Place all the fl our, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and sugar in a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Stir in the buttermilk and enough milk – start with 75ml – to mix to a stiff consistency, taking care not to over-mix. Knead very lightly, then shape into a ball and flatten slightly.
4. Place the dough on a lightly floured baking tray. Cut a cross about 1.5cm deep on the top of the dough in the centre and bake for 45–50 minutes, until the loaf has risen and is golden, and the centre of the cross feels firm. Remove from the oven and wrap in a clean tea towel to cool. Best eaten on the day of making, this will also be good toasted the day after. Great served with butter.
Recipe courtesy of Sainsbury's