For me there’s nothing more comforting than homemade bread and a bowl of hearty soup. I don’t often have enough time to bake yeasted bread so soda bread is a super speedy alternative when home baked bread is what I’m craving. For this loaf I’ve used some wholemeal flour in the dough mix along with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, resulting in a wholesome slightly nutty tasting loaf.
Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)
225g plain flour
175g wholemeal plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
25g pumpkin seeds
25g sunflower seeds
Extra seeds and flour for sprinkling on top
1. Pre heat your oven to Fan 200c and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Put all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Then, make a well in the centre.
3. Pour in the buttermilk and stir the mixture, finally bring the dough together with your hands.
4. On a floured surface shape the dough into a ball and then flatten. Place on the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with plain flour.
5. Using a sharp knife cut across the dough vertically and horizontally, forming a cross in the dough. Sprinkle a few seeds on top.
6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for a further 10 minutes.
7. Once baked the loaf will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
So if you’re short of time but still want to bake some bread I recommend you try baking soda bread. Serve buttered with chunks of cheddar cheese or with a bowl of your favourite soup for a delicious lunch or supper.
If you liked this recipe take a look at my other soda bread recipes.
Until next time, happy baking.