Soda Bread must be the easiest, simplest bread to make. From start to finish it can be done and dusted in 35 minutes. I always remember having Soda Bread when I was younger and we went to visit relatives in Ireland and as you may be aware Ireland is where this bread is originally from.
The beauty of Soda Bread is that no yeast is needed, there are minimal ingredients and everything goes in the one bowl. Bring everything together and there you have it - Bread - ready and waiting to be baked.
This Soda Bread uses milk for the liquid with a couple of spoonfuls of Ricotta added for extra creaminess. But you could use just, milk, buttermilk, yogurt, or even just water. In your dry ingredients you can also add nuts or possibly even a fruit option - yes this is another great dish that you can have savoury or sweet. For the sweet version you replace most of the salt with sugar - I will 'attempt' to make that another time, after all everything is an experiment right?
If you have not had Soda Bread before its quite a sturdy bread, but it is wonderful served hot with butter (and jam), or perhaps with some cheese keep it nice and simple. Enjoy!
Ready to Bake
Ready to Eat
- 250g Plain Flour
- 5g Salt
- 2tsp Baking Powder/Baking Soda
- 150ml Milk
- 2tblsp Ricotta (added to Milk), Optional
- Couple of sprays Light Oil
- Preheat oven to 200c
- Combine all dry ingredients and add liquid to make a dough - add more milk if too dry or flour if too sticky
- Knead slightly, shape into a round about 5cm high. Flour all over and cut a cross across loaf almost to bottom of loaf. Put loaf in oven.
- Heat for 15 minutes, then spray with light oil put in for last 10 minutes. Bread is ready when sounds hollow when bottom is tapped.
- Turn out and slice as a normal bread or divide into 4 and use as rolls. Amazing eaten hot with butter! Enjoy!