White soda bread

I wanted to surprise Hubby today by baking him a soda bread. We buy Paul Rankin’s Irish soda bread from Sainsbury’s, which is lovely, but I was curious whether it would be do-able at home.  I used Rachel Allen’s white soda bread recipe and kept my fingers crossed that the bread would turn out ok.

Here is the recipe for ease of reference:

Ingredients

  • 450g flour plus extra for dusting
  • 350ml buttermilk
  • 1 level tsp of salt
  • 1 level tsp castor sugar
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • butter for greasing

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 230 degrees celsius
  2. Grease and dust a baking tray
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well and add in 280ml buttermilk
  4. Bring the mixture together and slowly add the remaining 70ml buttermilk
  5. The recipe says you shouldn’t knead the dough, so tip the mixture onto a pastry mat. I had to dusk about 20g of flour just to bind the mixture together
  6. Once the dough comes together, form a round shape and score a cross on top of the bread
  7. Dust with some flour and place on the baking tray
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the temperature down to 190 degrees and bake for 35 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and transfer the bread onto a cooling rack for 25 minutes before serving

 

I think Hubby liked the bread, which he had with dinner. I have a bit more buttermilk left, so will churn another loaf out mid-week.

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