HOMEMADE IRISH SODA BREAD

The easiest and quickest bread recipe out there. No proving required. Minimal kneading and minimal effort!



This was the first bread recipe I ever made and is the one I make the most. Just 3 ingredients and such simple amounts of everything that you can easily remember the recipe and make it anywhere. It is traditionally made with buttermilk but I stick to yoghurt as it is cheaper and easier to find everywhere.



RECIPE:


500g flour (you can do 250g plain flour and 250g wholemeal or find any other flours that take your fancy!)


500g plain yoghurt (low fat, full fat or fat free - any work well)


1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda


100g rolled oats


Pinch of salt



METHOD:


Preheat the oven to 180 fan.


Combine all the flours you are using in a large bowl with the soda and the oats and mix well.


Add in all the yoghurt at once.


Mix together using a table knife - I know...! It works the mix really well and gets the yoghurt cutting through the flour much more easily.


Then get stuck in with your hands and form into a large ball and knead just for a minute to ensure all the mix is sticking together. You don't want it wet at all otherwise you will have a very doughy bread and a burnt crust. If you need to add a bit of moisture then add a couple of teaspoons of milk or water at a time but go VERY cautiously. If it gets too wet again add more flour. You don't want it sticking to your hands at all.


Sprinkle some flour on a non-stick baking tray and form the dough into a dome about 5cm thick in the middle. Score a deep cross in the middle stopping approx 2cm from the edge.


Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until it sounds hollow throughout on the bottom of it when you give it a few taps.


Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container or freeze to keep it super fresh. However, it does last very well in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



Feel free to play around and add any type of seeds instead of the oats or add some dried fruit or nuts to make a deliciously fruity bread. Be aware that dried fruits can affect the moisture and how well it cooks, but give it a try!


Enjoy!