Irish soda bread

For my friends who requested the recipe:

Makes 1 Loaf:
450 g/1lb/3-3/4 US cups of wholemeal wheat flour
175 g/6oz/1-1/2 cups plain white flour
1 teasp (generous) bicarbonate of soda
1 teasp salt
About 450 ml/15 fl oz (scant) 2 US cups buttermilk or almond or coconut milk with dash of lemon to thicken.

Pre-heat oven to 200 C/400F or Gas 6
Mix flours, salt and soda in a bowl
Add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough
Flour your hands and work surface and knead lightly by hand, until the dough is smooth. Don’t use a machine
Shape into a circle about 4cm/1-1/2 inches deep
Take sharp, well-floured knife and cut a deep cross in the top
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes
To see if it is fully cooked test it by tapping the bottom and listening for a hollow sound
Cool on a rack or, if you like a soft crust, wrapped in a linen or cotton tea-cloth
Eat the same day


Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

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