This is a very easy brown bread that can be whipped up in minutes with no need for proving or rising.
I don’t want to say that it is an Irish soda bread as most soda breads I have seen recipes for do not contain butter. It is adapted from this recipe from Imen McDonnell. Check out her blog, it is really beautiful with stunning photography. When I originally make this it worked perfectly. However, the buttermilk I used was no longer available (I feel another rant about supermarkets discontinuing brands coming on) and the recipe didn’t work quite so well. I changed the amounts of buttermilk and butter and then had to adjust the cooking temperature accordingly.
- 175g plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp bread soda or baking soda
- 275g coarse wholemeal flour
- 50g unsalted butter softened
- 300ml buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4.
- Sieve the plain flour, salt and bread soda into a mixing bowl.
- Mix in the wholemeal flour.
- Rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
- In another bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and honey.
- Make a hole in the middle of the flour and butter mixture and pour in liquid ingredients.
- Mix together with your hand until everything is fully combined and you have a sticky dough.
- Flour your baking sheet or line with baking parchment and shape the dough into a round onto the sheet.
- Mark a cross on the top and very lightly dust with flour.
- Bake for approx. 50 mins. Check after 45 mins, tap the base of the bread and if it makes a hollow sound the bread is fully baked.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack before cutting.
- Enjoy with lots of real butter!