Homemade Healthy Snacks Series - #8 Wholewheat Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is so quick and easy to make, as it doesn't contain yeast or involve any kind of careful technique.  It really is just a case of mixing these very few ingredients together and spooning the mixture into a loaf tin to bake.  So simple, so tasty.  

For most people in Ireland it's the number 1 bread eaten, and usually homemade too as even the worst cook can't go wrong with this recipe!  It's eaten for breakfast with the fry, for lunch with something like soup, for supper with jam, or simply as a tasty snack that can be taken any time you're feeling peckish.  Also there's a good trick to know - if you've run out of buttermilk, you just put a little lemon juice or vinegar into regular milk to acidify it, and you can use it as a substitute!

I have adapted the traditional recipe slightly to suit my particular taste, but you will find many similar variations of this recipe, hence why I didn't claim this to be an 'original' recipe.

What you will need: (Makes 1 loaf)  

200g fine wholewheat flour  

100g strong wholemeal bread flour  

100g coarse wholewheat flour  

1 tsp bread soda  

1 tsp salt  

3/4 pint buttermilk  


In a large bowl, sift together all flours, bread soda and salt

Make a well in the middle and pour in the buttermilk.  Mix thoroughly (I just use my hands for this... dunk them in, squidge it in my hands... kinda satisfying!)

Grease a loaf tin and spoon in the bread mixture.    

Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celcius for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and makes a hollow sound when you tap the base.  Leave to cool before slicing.  Enjoy toasted or un-toasted... It's the perfect accompaniment to homemade soup or scrambled eggs! 

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