After being inspired by the wonderful Michel Roux Jr on BBC's Food & Drink series, along with the Real Bread Campaign movement, I thought I would put myself to the test to make my very own loaf. I decided to opt for the EASIEST option... Soda Bread! It contains no yeast, does not need resting to rise and can be prepared, cooked and out of the oven within 1 hour. Perfect.
This recipe makes a small-medium sized loaf. Perfect for around 10-12 slices depending on how thick you choose to cut it. It can be easily doubled for a larger loaf.
150g Plain Flour (plus extra for dusting)
150g Wholemeal Flour
1 1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
A very generous pinch of Salt
250ml Buttermilk (or same quantity of natural yoghurt)
1. Heat your oven to 200ºC and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt. Add the buttermilk to the dry ingredients to form a dough and knead gently, forming the dough into a ball.
3. Place the ball of dough onto the baking paper and then with a sharp knife, cut a cross in the top of the dough about an inch deep. Sprinkle with flour and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
Traditionally you'd serve this whilst still hot with butter or jam... or with a nice wedge of runny cheese.
Or you could do what we did and pair it with Sweet Potato Hummus (David's concoction - Recipe HERE!) for a wonderfully sweet and savoury delight.