Irish soda bread recipe

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  • Serves makes 1 loaf
  • 15 mins to prepare and 35 mins to cook
  • 252 calories / serving
  • Healthy
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Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/Fan 180°C. Tip the flours, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Then use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed. Stir in the sugar.

Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until you get a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 min until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.

Place on a lightly dusted baking sheet. Dust with a little plain flour if you like. Use a large sharp knife to cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’. Bake in the oven for 35 – 40mins until well-risen and browned. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool. 

For a lighter version, try using plain flour in lieu of wholemeal flour.

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  • Ingredients

  • 250g (8oz) plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 250g (8oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 284ml pot buttermilk
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  • Energy 1068kj 252kcal 13%
  • Fat 3.8g 5%
  • Saturates 1.8g 9%
  • Sugars 4.4g 5%
  • Salt 0.5g 9%

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Carbohydrate 49.7g Protein 7.8g Fibre 4.4g

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