Jason’s Irish Soda Bread

There is nothing more comforting that the aroma of fresh bread floating through the house. No, scrap that, there is – that would be the taste of freshly baked bread out of the oven covered in lashings of butter!

It’s the ultimate comfort food! Making bread sounds like a daunting task, but it can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. I keep the whole thing really simple by just handing the kitchen over to my husband and let him make it! Simple. After eating most of it, I asked him if he would be so kind as to give me his fool-proof works-every-time recipe for his super lovely bread. He said Yes – what joy, so here it is shared for you to use, eat and fall in love with too!

450g plain flour / 400ml buttermilk / 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda / 1tsp of free running salt

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celsius.

Jason says: “Sure, fire it all into a bowl and give it an aul mix”.

If you feel it’s too wet and sticky add a bit more flour. The dough should not be sticking to your hands, but likewise it should still be very doughy in the middle.

Lightly oil a flat baking tray and place the dough in the middle and use your hands to shape into a rough 6inch circular shape. Score the top of the dough in a cross (optional) and place in the oven for 25-30 mins or until the bread is golden brown, and makes a hollow sound when you tap the bottom, otherwise pop it back in the oven for a bit longer. Don’t open the oven for the first 20 mins at least otherwise the bread won’t rise and to maintain the heat inside the oven.

When ready, wrap in some parchment paper, although in reality the bread won’t last the day – it’s just too yummy!!

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