This Irish soda bread is super easy-to-make, and requires minimal kneading and no proving. Bake a batch and fill your home with the gorgeous aromas of freshly-made bread. Perfect simply spread with butter, or served alongside a hearty stew, to mop up all the delicious juices.
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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.