Soda bread is perfect for when you need a loaf of bread in a hurry. My brother was coming to stay and I knew he’d be hungry when he arrived. It probably only took slightly longer to make as it did to eat…
Soda bread has quite a sweet taste and will not last as long as bread made with yeast. It is better eaten on the same day as it is made but is also delicious toasted: perfect for breakfast the following day.
I made this soda bread with spelt flour; a combination of wholemeal and white. It’s just a question of weighing the ingredients into a bowl, mixing, forming into a ball and baking in the oven for about half an hour.
You’ll be lucky if it’s cold before you have finished it.
I made a small loaf but if you want a larger one just double the ingredients and increase the baking time to 40-45 minutes.
125g white spelt flour
125g wholemeal spelt flour
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
150g crème fraîche or natural yogurt
Set the oven to 200ºC.
Put all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Add the crème fraîche or yogurt and milk and mix together.
Knead briefly to form a ball, place on a floured tray and score a deep cross.
Bake for around 30 minutes, until well browned and the base sounds hollow when tapped.
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
Particularly good with soup, cheese or jam, and great for hungry brothers.