When I’m in my ‘sick bed’ I know I should stay put but I just caaan’t! I find it difficult to sit still at the best of times, and when I’m ill is no excuse.
Much to my housemate’s dismay – today I decided to make bread. In my defence, it is EASY bread. Within an hour I had decided to make the bread, located all the ingredients, and devoured the damned thing!
Bread making can be laborious – but this one is SO easy. Try it!
Soda bread doesn’t rely on yeast to rise, so there is NO proving process. When combined; the bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and buttermilk create the carbon dioxide necessary to make the dough rise.
- 75g plain flour
- 150g wholemeal flour (I used a country grain bread flour, because I like the bits)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1tsp cream of tartar
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 25g butter
- 150ml buttermilk
- Handful of linseed (optional)
These ingredients make a small loaf, which was all I needed. Feel free to double or even triple the mix.
- Make buttermilk. Bring normal milk to the boil. Once it has cooled, add a teaspoon or so of lemon juice or white wine vinegar (whichever is on hand). Give it a mix – and voila – you have buttermilk!
- Preheat your oven to about 200C. Prepare a baking tray with some baking paper.
- Put the two types of flour, salt, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl.
- Rub the butter into the dry ingredients, until there are no lumps.
- Pour in the buttermilk, and mix it quickly using your hands. Knead it very lightly, and STOP as soon as you have a soft dough.
- Form a ball out of the dough, and plop it on your prepared baking tray. Use a sharp knife to make a few deep slashes on the top, and sprinkle on your linseed.
- Allow it to sit for a minute, before you put it in the oven. Put a separate pan of water in the oven to create steam (so your bread doesn’t dry out).
- Bake it for about 25 minutes, or until it is beautiful and golden.
Slice the loaf whilst it is warm, and enjoy. A perfect treat when feeling under the weather. Or a quick bread to make fresh for a weekend breakfast.