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soda bread

soda bread

450g plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarb of soda
400ml buttermilk (use plain yogurt if you haven't got buttermilk)

preheat oven to 230C/450F/gas 8

sift flour, salt and bicarb into a bowl.  Make a well, and add buttermilk.

using one hand, slowly incoporate the flour into the milk to give soft, but not sticky dough. (Or cheat - use a mixer with a dough hook :).

turn onto a floured board, and knead lightly for 1 minute until smooth.  Shape to a round about 4cm high. Cut a deep cross from one edge to the other.

place on a floured baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 200C/400C/Gas 6, and bake for a further 30 minutes.  To test if the bread is cooked, tap the underside of the loaf - if it sounds hollow, it's cooked.

cool on a wire rack, eat with good butter.  Gorgeous.

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posted by ramtops on 06 Nov 06 - 6556 views

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