Irish soda bread - recipe

Irish soda bread

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 200C (fan 180C, gas mark 6) and line a baking sheet.

  2. 2

    Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, rubbing in the molasses sugar to separate the crystals.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 200g Plain white flour
    • 200g Very strong wholemeal bread flour
    • 100g Porridge oats
    • 2 tbsp Unrefined molasses sugar
    • 1tsp Salt
    • 2tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  3. 3

    Make a well in the centre, add the buttermilk and bring together with clean hands into a wet sticky dough.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 350ml Buttermilk
  4. 4

    Knead the dough very lightly and form into a round and place on the lined baking sheet.

  5. 5

    Using a sharp knife, slash the bread in a cross shape that reaches from edge to edge, about 1.5cm deep.

  6. 6

    Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

  7. 7

    Cool on a wire rack with a clean damp cloth placed over the top. Eat warm or cold.

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