Saturday, 28 July 2012

Brown Soda Bread

The easiest bread in the world
Today I was peckish and fancied a freshly baked loaf, still hot from the oven, smothered in butter. But I am impatient and didn't want to have it take hours with lots of kneading and proving and all that. That's for nice lazy days, earmarked for bread making. So I opted for soda bread which takes 46 minutes - 1 minute to prepare, 45 to bake.

225g wholemeal flour (I used the type with lots of seeds in)
225g strong plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp butter
1 egg
350ml buttermilk

- preheat the oven to 200C and lay a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray
-combine all of the dry ingredients in to a large bowl and make a well
- beat the egg in to the buttermilk. Pour most of it into the well. Gradually bring the dry in to the wet using a spoon or your hand
- add enough of the buttermilk so that the dough is soft but not too sticky. Once everything's mixed, form in to a rounded shape, place on the baking sheet and slash a big line or a cross in to the surface.
-bake for 40 minutes, remove and serve with lashings of salted butter.

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