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Easy Soda Bread

Course bread


  • 225 g/8oz wholemeal flour
  • 225 g/8oz plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 350 ml/12fl oz buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 8.
  • Place a large casserole dish with it's lid on, into the oven.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flours, sea salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together with your fingers. Pour in the buttermilk, bringing the mixture together as a soft dough.
  • Shape the dough into a shallow round loaf about 4cm/1½in thick.
  • Remove the hot casserole dish from the oven, dust the inside lightly with flour. We added some oats for decoration at this point.
  • Cover with the lid and return to the oven.
  • The bread should be ready after 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and leave in place for 5 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool slightly before eating.
  • Best eaten warm :)
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