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Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • Takes 45-55 minutes
  • Easy
  • Makes 1 loaf

Get the taste of Ireland with this fresh, no-fuss soda bread

  • Freezable (for up to 1 month)
Nutrition: per slice
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal296
fat5g
saturates3g
carbs56g
sugars0g
fibre5g
protein11g
low insalt1.21g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C and dust a baking sheet with flour. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips (handle it very, very gently). Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm/8in in diameter.

  • STEP 2

    Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top. (Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.) Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.

  • STEP 3

    Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, break into quarters, then break or cut each quarter in half to make 8 wedges or slices – or simply slice across. Eat very fresh.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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