Quick! Get It In The Oven...
We're having a hearty vegetable soup for dinner this evening and you just can't beat a nice chunk of fresh bread to dip and wipe the bowl clean. Today we've opted for a quick and easy soda bread courtesy of the very watchable Jack at bakewithjack.co.uk.
The recipe calls for mix of white wholemeal plain flours. Strangely we couldn't find wholemeal in any of our local shops so, wanting something nutty and wholesome, we added a touch of rye flour instead. You'll also need some oat flour, but for this we simply whizzed some oats in a food processor until fine.
Start by pre-heating your oven. Soda bread gets it's rise from the baking soda, which is activated the moment you add your buttermilk (it's acidic), so you want to be able to bake it promptly once you've formed your dough.
Simply mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in the centre before pouring in your buttermilk. Bring together into a dough and briefly knead into shape before cutting a deep cross in your dough. There are many unsubstantiated reasons for this, including 'letting the Devil out' but, in reality the practical reason is it allows the heat to penetrate.
Bake until risen and browned then, should you wish, brush with melted butter whilst still hot.