This year I have developed a love for baking bread but it can take quite a long time, which I don’t always have! I had seen soda bread recipes before but never tried them as I didn’t think I would enjoy the stodginess of it. Then I realised how quick it actually was to make and thought, wow – I’m gona’ give it a go! (Recipe from Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake book.)
Here is what you will need to make one loaf:
- 500g Strong White Bread Flour
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 400ml Buttermilk
Yep, that’s it!
First things first, preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C.
Then all you need to do is put the flour in a large bowl and stir in the bicarbonate of soda & the salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk.
Slowly mix and bring together to form a sticky dough – don’t overwork it. Then tip out onto a floured work surface and quickly form a round. (Bicarbonate of soda activates quickly as opposed to yeast which works slowly, so you need to get it into the oven as fast as possible.)
I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised with this bread. It literally took less than an hour from start to finish to make and it tasted so good that I happily forgave the stodginess. In fact, I actually quite like the stodginess! It’s so wholesome and filling!
I was going to cut it into normal slices but I had to challenge myself and see if I really could get my big chops around a whole quarter. Depressingly, I did manage it haha!
If you’ve been thinking about getting into bread making, I would recommend this as the perfect recipe to start you on your way. It’s super fast, simple & surprisingly tasty. I’m quite sure this will now be my go to “I need bread quick!” recipe from now on.
Hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies.