Brown Soda Bread by Darina Allen...

I've made soda bread before using a different recipe, so this time I decided to jazz things up and try a new one. This actually turned out better than the other one I was making, well it definitely pays off to "shop around" ;) I like soda bread - it's kind of an emergency bread at our home - when we don't have a time to make a sourdough or yeast are at short supply. It's  also a "lazy" bread, as there is not much work involved and definitely very little kneading! This one takes literally minutes to make and not too long for baking either. The recipe comes from a book Darina Allen 'Ballymaloe cookery Course'. She calls for twice the amount of ingredients that are below, to make one quite big loaf, but I halved it to suit my family. You can always double the quantities below, bake two loaves  and simply freeze one for later (always freeze bread that's completely cooled, wrapped tightly in a cling film or packed in a freezer safe ziplock bag).

How to make it...
- 300 g brown wholemeal flour
- 300 g plain white flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon bread soda
- about 420-450 ml buttermilk (or sour milk)

Mix all dry ingredients together and start adding the buttermilk. Add gradually as you may not need whole amount or you might actually need more (everything depends on the kind of flour you have, humidity etc.). Mix it only till all the flour is incorporated. Do not knead! The dough should be soft but not too wet and sticky. When it all comes together wash your hands(!) and turn your dough onto floured surface and shape your loaf. I bake my bread in a long bread tin, but traditionally soda bread should be round, the should be cross cut on the loaf and you should prick in the four corners to let the fairies out.
Bake in preheated to 230 C oven for 25-30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 200 C and bake for further 20-25 minuets. Your loaf will be nice and brown and should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.



  1. Oh, I actually have this recipe bookmarked to try from Darina's book, as well. I'm glad to see the results. I'll be trying it soon! =)

    1. Try it! It's super easy and super delicious! :)
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.


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