Soda Bread Recipe

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Soda Bread Recipe

(This country bread, raised with bicarbonate of soda instead of yeast,

is quick to make and at its soft, crumbly best when it is freshly baked)

Ingredients:  Makes 2 loaves, each to serve 6;  Oven: Preheat to 230C

8 oz (225 g) unbleached plain flour

8 oz (225 g) plain wholemeal flour

level teaspoon salt

1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 oz (30 g) polyunsaturated margarine

pint (285 ml) buttermilk, or 10 oz (275 g) low-fat natural yogurt



Sift both flours, the salt and the bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, reserving the bran remaining in the sieve.  Rub in the margarine, then add the buttermilk or yogurt and mix to form a soft dough.  Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes, until even-textured.  Cut in half and shape each piece into a round.  Roll out the rounds to 1 inch (25 mm) thick and place on separate greased baking sheets.  Score each one deeply with a sharp knife to mark into six wedges.  Sprinkle lightly with the reserved bran and bake in the heated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the loaves are well risen, golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath.  Cool on wire racks.  Semi-skimmed milk or low-fat milk can replace the buttermilk, but you will need to add 1 level teaspoon of cream of tartar to the flour.  To vary the flavor, add 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds or caraway seeds, or 2 tablespoons of sultanas.


Nutrient Value Per Serving:

445 calories

8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat)

9 g fiber

355 mg sodium


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