Brown Soda Bread Recipe: How to Make Brown Soda Bread: Step by Step Instructions With Pictures
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Brown soda bread is a tasty traditional Irish bread that's very popular in Ireland, often served at breakfast time alongside another Irish favorite; The Ulster Fry.
Many pubs and restaurants throughout Ireland serve delicious open sandwiches on brown soda bread: prawns in marie rose sauce; smoked salmon and caviar; egg and cress; cream cheese and chives; roast chicken and coleslaw; honey glazed ham and mustard to mention but a few delicious toppings.
Brown soda bread is a regular accompaniment to steaming bowls of homemade soup, breaded mushrooms, prawn cocktails, garlic muscles, cold cuts, ploughman's, cheese platters and summer salads. Brown soda breads are sold in mammoth quantities from local stores to plush delis throughout the country.
There are numerous variations on traditional recipes. This particular variation is a favorite of mine. The ingredients are straight forward and the method is delightfully easy. The texture is light and creamy and the taste: try it out for yourself and see.
Step by Step
Brown Soda Bread Recipe
- 500 grams of wholemeal flour
- 300 grams of plain white flour
- 250 ml of natural yogurt
- 500 ml of half fat milk
- 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp of salt (optional)
Natural yogurt works the same way as buttermilk or sour milk, however natural yogurt is cheaper and very often on sale when close or past it's sell by date. Don't worry if the date is a few days past it's sell by date, it doesn't matter. Natural yogurt gives this bread it's delightful smooth creamy like texture.
Using half fat milk instead of full fat helps add lightness to the bread without losing any of the taste. If you would rather use full fat go right ahead.
- Sieve the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a deep bowl.
- Add the yogurt and mix.
- Gradually add the milk and mix to a soft but not a wet dough (all the milk may not be required).
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface.
- Knead the dough into a smooth round shape (a few mins kneading will do).
- Using a sharp knife make a cross in the dough.
- Dust the top with a little flour.
- Place on a greased and floured baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven at 220°C mark 6 for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Wrap the bread in a clean t-towel and remove to a wire tray to cool.
Baker's Top Tip:
The bread is cooked through when the bottom sounds hollow if lightly tapped with your knuckle. You can also insert a skewer: if it comes out clean the bread is baked.
Freeze For a Rainy Day:
This particular brown soda bread freezes perfectly. Simply cut the bread into 4 quarters, (use the cross shape as a guide) freeze in a freezer bag: be sure to get all the air out before you seal it.
Leave the soda bread to defrost for a couple of hours or even overnight. Wrapping the soda bread in a clean t-towel will help keep it fresh and stop the bread from drying out.
The Calorie Low Down:
An average quarter of this brown soda bread has only 700 calories.
A single slice will average 80 to 100 calories. All the ingredients used in this recipe are under 4% fat; meaning this is a low fat recipe. Most flours average 2% fat or less. Milk and natural yogurts average 2% or less.
Don't feel guilty indulging in this naturally low fat, low calorie, homemade tasty loaf. It's good for you.
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