Venturing into the world of bread making…I decided to start with a relatively easy bread – Irish soda bread. The ingredients are few and the recipe is easy, really anyone could have a go at this one.
This recipe is courtesy of Rosanne’s beautiful Like Mam Used to Bake book.
…450g Plain Flour, 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda, 1 tsp Salt, 400ml Buttermilk
Preheat oven to 220. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl, stirring to mix together. Make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk, stirring the mixture until it is combined.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it holds together; shape into a round. Using a sharp knife, make a cross shape in the top.
Place onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, turn heat down to 200 and bake for a further 30 minutes. (the temperature and times may need to be adjusted depending on your own oven).
The bread is done when golden brown on top and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.Cool on a wire rack.
Smother in butter and serve with a cup of tea – perfect!