Soda Bread

I love bread but I hate making it. Mainly it’s because I do not have the patience to wait for the dough to rise and then wait for it to rise again. On Saturday night, while lazing on the couch (as I usually do on weekends), Paul Hollywood’s show on bread came up on the BBC. That particular episode introduced this bread called Soda Bread. As it’s name suggests, the bread uses baking soda as a a leavening agent instead of yeast. The ingredient list is short as well. The clincher, however, is the fact that you don’t have to proof the dough before you bake it.

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Obviously, the soda bread is not going to be your typical soft, fluffy, pillowy dinner buns. It is crusty and sturdy with a slight grainy texture. The trick to getting it right is to make sure you don’t knead it too much. All you have to do is bring all the ingredients together, shape the dough into a ball, score it and then pop it into the oven for 30 minutes. It’s an extremely quick bread to make so you can make this and serve it up with sandwichy thingys for dinner.

Ingredients:

2 cups of plain flour
2 cups of wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
420ml buttermilk

Steps:

Heat your oven to 200C. Mix both flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Use a fork to stir the mixture well so you don’t end up biting into lumps of baking soda later.

Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Using your hand, bring all the ingredients together until a sticky dough forms.

Pour the dough out onto your work surface, lightly dusted with wholemeal flour. Roll and fold the dough a couple of times. Do not knead. Shape the dough into a ball, flatten it slightly and score the dough at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock position so you get a “clover” like shape.

Place the dough onto a baking tray lined with some baking paper, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

To order, click here.

Soda bread, $3 (self collect). Order 5 loaves for free delivery within Singapore.

Soda bread, $3(self collect). Order 5 loaves for free delivery within Singapore.

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