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Good old-fashioned, healthy bread
02 May 2013
Devouring homemade bread is one of life’s simpler pleasures …and baking your own has never been so popular, so here is our good old-fashioned, healthy bread recipe for you to cook at home - but one that can be made from start to table in under 40 minutes. Also, it contains only 4 ingredients, in contrast to the supermarket loaf’s 20 plus! If you’ve never eaten soda bread, it’s a real treat, rich and creamy in taste and a great match for any meal. And because it’s a mix-and-bake (ie no yeast or proving, more like a cake), it really is the easiest of breads to make.
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You will need:
- 500g plain flour
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 400ml buttermilk or live yoghurt
- A little milk, if necessary
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
- Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
- Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
- Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
- Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.
We hope you enjoy it and happy baking!