Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

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From
Three Sisters Bake
Makes
1 loaf
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

I spent four years living in Dublin and became thoroughly addicted to soda bread (or ‘brown bread’ as it is called in Ireland). Irish soda bread is quite a dense loaf which makes it a versatile accompaniment to breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is also eaten in Ireland for elevenses (the best meal of the day) slathered in butter and jam. - Gillian

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
225g strong wholemeal flour
225g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
25g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
1 large egg
200ml whole milk
200g natural yoghurt

Equipment:

Quantity Ingredient
23cm baking tin

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c. Line the baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Sift the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the dry ingredients, either by hand or using a freestanding mixer.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the egg with the milk and yoghurt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and butter mixture and pour in the egg mixture, stirring briefly until just combined (it will be very sticky). Using a dough scraper or spatula, transfer the dough to the lined baking tin and level it out. Score a 2.5 cm deep cross into the top of the dough with a sharp knife and dust lightly with flour.
  4. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to an hour until the bread is deep brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.
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