Ever wanted to try make Irish soda bread? Well as many of us have a bit of extra time at the moment, we asked Laura from the HardyBaker cafe to show us how. And even if you don’t have that much time, it only takes 1 hour!

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Irish Soda Bread

225g (8oz) wholemeal flour
225g (8oz) plain flour
25g (1oz) butter
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (bread soda)
1 teaspoon salt
400-425 mls buttermilk
  1. Preheat your oven to 230 degrees C.
  2. Mix both the flours together in a large bowl, and sift  in the salt and bread soda.
  3. Using your hands, rub in the butter until it’s evenly distributed and there are no big pieces of butter visible.
  4. Make a well in the centre, then pour in most of the buttermilk. Using your hand moving in circles, mix the ingredients from the centre, drawing in the flour from the sides of the bowl. You might need a splash more buttermilk to bring the dough together, but be careful not too add too much – you want the dough to be soft, but not wet and sticky.
  5. Once it comes together, tip the dough out of the bowl onto your worktop dusted with wholemeal flour.
  6. At this point, stop to wash and dry your hands.
  7. Dust your hands with flour, then lightly roll the dough around, just to make a round shape, try not to over-handle the dough! Turn it over onto a floured baking tray, and make a cross in the centre with a sharp knife.
  8. Put into the oven at 230 for 10 minutes, then turn your oven down to 200 and bake for another 30 minutes. At this stage, take out of the oven and turn the loaf upside down on the tray, then put back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes. You’ll know the bread is done if it sounds hollow when you tap the base or the top.
  9. Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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