Rituals

On Sunday evenings lately I make Brown Soda Bread. I started doing this for a good few reasons really. It seems almost impossible to buy bread in the shops which doesn’t have sugar added to it. I know I do write a baking blog which doesn’t shy away from using sugar, but I am against it being added to everything in our diets. Actually, one of the things which drives me absolutely crazy is seeing sugar being added to Salt and Vinegar crisps! STOP IT.

I also like making this bread as it allows me to imagine what my grand parents would have made daily for their families and protects a skill from becoming forgotten. We always eat it on Monday mornings with eggs or with soup for lunch.

Right, you need:
100g Plain Flour
400g Self Raising Wholemeal Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg
300 ml Buttermilk
Such a simple recipe which will make your house smell amazing. Sieve your flours and baking soda into a bowl. 
Whisk the egg into the buttermilk and add to the flour. Use your hands to shape into a dough and knead gently until smooth on a floured work surface. This should only take about 2 minutes. If too wet, add another handful of flour and if too dry, add a little more milk.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the bread sounds hallow. Leave to cool on a wire tray for a hard crust. If you’re like me and prefer a softer crust to Soda Bread, wrap the warm bread in a clean, damp tea towel and allow to cool.

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