I made a delicious loaf of bread this weekend, it’s one of Nigel Slater’s recipes that I use time and time again. There is no real effort involved yet the results are amazing. I got up on Sunday morning to make some coffee and had enough time to measure out and mix my ingredients together while I waited for the kettle to boil. I popped the dough in the oven and went back to bed for half an hour, by which time my soda bread was ready. Perfect!
We ate this loaf with some boiled eggs for breakfast but it would be delicious with soup for lunch.
You will need:
225g/8oz wholemeal flour
225g/8oz plain flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
350ml/12fl oz buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 8. Put a large casserole dish and its lid 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. Working quickly (the bicarbonate of soda will start working immediately), 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 then lower in the dough. 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. (Soda bread is best eaten warm.)
Now all you need is another pot of coffee and the Sunday papers!