Black treacle & oat soda bread with pickled cucumbers, smoked salmon & homemade butter

Black treacle & oat soda bread with pickled cucumbers, smoked salmon & homemade butter

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6

Serve up a treat for lunch, with fresh soda bread, smoked salmon, pickles and homemade butter (yes, homemade). Sounds tricky? It takes just 30 minutes to make

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal608
  • fat29g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4g
  • protein18g
  • salt3.5g


  • 400g self raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g porridge oats, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 200ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 3 tbsp black treacle

For the pickled cucumbers

  • 1 cucumber, peeled into ribbons with a potato peeler
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • small pack of dill, chopped

For the butter

  • 300ml double cream

To serve

  • 120g smoked salmon and lemon wedges



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put a baking sheet on the middle shelf. Mix the dry ingredients for the bread with 1 tsp salt. In a jug, mix together the buttermilk and treacle, and add enough water to make up the liquid to 300ml. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together to make a soft dough. If it’s very sticky, flour your hands and shape into a round (it doesn’t need to be neat). Remove the hot tray from the oven, dust with flour and put the bread on it, squashing it down a little. Use a knife to cut deep indentations in the dough, crossing in the middle to create six triangular pieces. Put in the oven and bake for 20 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the pickle with ½ tsp salt and set aside.

  3. To make the butter, tip the cream into a bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk for 5 mins until it collapses and splits into butterfat and buttermilk. Keep going until the butterfat starts to clump together, then drain into a sieve over a bowl. Squeeze as much liquid from the butterfat as possible, wrap it in baking parchment and chill until you’re ready to serve. Save the buttermilk for another recipe (or if you have more time, make the butter first, then use the buttermilk to make the bread). To serve, unwrap the butter and sprinkle it with sea salt. Serve with the bread, pickled cucumbers, salmon and lemon.

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Susan Palmer's picture
Susan Palmer
7th Mar, 2019
The bread is really delicious with cheese. I make this quantity into two loaves and bake at the same time for around 30 minutes. I use home made yogurt and water as substitute for buttermilk. Easiyo yogurt maker I found in a charity shop. Works wonders and no more plastic tubs to throw away.
26th Dec, 2018
Made half the quantity, using 1 tablespoon of treacle, and milk soured with lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Turned out beautifully! Would be a lovely breakfast loaf with some cranberries or apricots, even dates scattered in.
12th Oct, 2018
Quick & easy but also too sweet, all that treacle made it more like eating a cake. Also, I don’t think I flattened it enough as the centre was very doughy so I’d recommend squishing it down quite a lot to bake evenly in 20 minutes.
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