Here’s another soda bread recipe, this time using wholewheat flour instead of white flour. The result has a more nutty flavour, but be extra careful not to over the mix the dough, to avoid a tough bread.
Oh and this is also another excuse to make butter and buttermilk. 🙂
Quick Wholewheat Soda Bread
- 300g wholewheat spelt flour
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup/250ml buttermilk (see butter recipe for details)
- Gather all your ingredients together, you will need to work fast.
- Preheat the oven to Gas mark 8. Place an empty baking sheet or tray in the oven to warm up.
- Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
- Pour in the buttermilk into the well, and quickly mix the ingredients together. As soon as the mix is well combined, turn out the wet, sticky dough onto a well floured surface. Be careful not to over mix the dough – think ‘less is more’.
- Using floured hands, shape the dough into a circle.
- Take the baking sheet from the oven and place the dough on it.
- Get a wooden spoon and flour the handle end, then lay across the dough and push down. Turn the dough 90 degrees and push the handle down through the dough to form a cross. (see photos below)
- Place the bread in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the bread makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
I have included some pictures to help explain how I achieved the cross effect on the bread.
Images (c) Busy Elle Bee
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