Soda bread is quick and easy and ready within an hour. It's like a scone mixture (and can be cut as scones which take 10 mins to cook!) so it needs a light touch. A little oil makes it keep better and makes it a bit softer but you don't have to add oil or you can rub in some butter before the salt and soda. Like any other bread, you know it's cooked when it 'sounds hollow'.
Bakes in 35 mins at 220 and it great with anything from jam to cheese.
It's worth frying it when it goes a bit stale (day 3)
|9oz of self raising white and 9 oz wholemeal bread flour 1 level tsp Bicarbonate of Soda and 1 level tsp salt|
|300mls buttermilk (or plain yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice)|
|add a tbs olive or other oil|
|Add to the flour|
|mix with wooden spoon (right to the bottom)|
|bring together by hand|
|a light knead to shape it into a ball|
|use a palette knife to make a deep cross and place in hot oven 35 mins|