A few weeks ago, I experimented with a sweet soda bread recipe. I wasn’t quite right but I knew that it had the potential to be really tasty. So after a bit of tinkering I came up with this delightful apple and sultana sweet soda bread recipe. Packed full of flavour from the fruit and a subtle hint of mixed spice making this sweet soda bread a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. I recommend you serve it sliced spread with a little butter, although it is moist enough to eat without.
This recipe is so incredibly easy and super quick, as it contains no yeast. In fact you don’t knead the dough at all, it couldn’t be simpler. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
Apple and Sultana Sweet Soda Bread
400g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1½ teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 Royal Gala apple
40g golden caster sugar
1 teaspoon demerara sugar
1. Pre heat your oven to Fan 200c and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Peel and chop the apple into 5mm dice.
3. Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, diced apple, sultanas and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Then, make a well in the centre.
4. Pour in the buttermilk and stir the mixture, finally bring the dough together with your hands.
5. On a floured surface shape the dough into a ball and then flatten. Place on the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with the demerara sugar.
6. Using a sharp knife cut across the dough vertically and horizontally, forming a cross in the dough.
7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for a further 10 minutes.
8. Once baked the loaf will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
I’m currently reading Dan Lepard’s book Short and Sweet, which I’m finding really inspiring. Have you read it? Please let me know if you recommend a particular recipe, as I can’t decided which to try first.
Until next time, happy baking.
I’ve added this recipe to #CookBlogShare at Supergolden Bakes.