This bread is so simple and I threw it together in 1 hour start to fully cooked bread! Of which 45-50 minutes the bread is in the oven so as long as you set a timer you can do what you want with this time! There are very few Irish things that I crave when living away from home (probably because we are somewhat limited in traditional foods). However we do have the best tea (Barry's), wonderful dinners (Stew, Bacon and Cabbage) and more than anything amazing soda bread!! So forgive me for getting irritated when one of the few simple things gets butchered but I guess I'm somewhat fussy. In actuality the bread you see above is a bit too tall so I'm not a total perfectionist! But if you follow my pictures here you will see how incredibly simple this delicious bread really is.
400g Wholemeal flour
200g White bread flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Baking Soda
500ml Milk (Any kind - dairy or nut - I used skimmed lactose free here)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 - Preheat oven to 180'C. Add the lemon juice to the milk and let sit while you whisk together your flours, salt and baking soda
2 - Slowly add the milk mixture into the flour in sections and stop when you have a thick dough. Note - This bread is free form, if you want to use a bread tin then just add all the milk and mix
|The Milk in this picture was left over as I had reached the desired texture as shown|
4 - Then (and I forgot to do this) roll it out just a tiny bit and cut a cross into the top
5 - Bake for 15 minutes and then cover in tin foil and finish baking for another 30-35 minutes or until it sounds hollow inside. Then allow to cool with a tea towel over it to soften the crust.
Then slice it up and enjoy with butter and jam or toasted with cheese or with soup or any which way you please!!!