Monday, July 23, 2012

Five Minute Soda Bread - A recipe

I understand, you think you are at the wrong blog, since when do I give out cooking advice? Don't worry, it will be a rare occurrence.

I have been wanting to make some soda bread for about 12 years. Actually any bread really. A couple of months ago I bought a bread making packet and nearly put my back out kneading that dough for an hour. It still wasn't like the directions said it should be but I cooked it up and then threw it in the bin when no one would eat it.

This week I tried an Irish Soda Bread recipe from a magazine, it didn't work either but I ended up with a carton of buttermilk that I didn't want to waste so I tried my own recipe. I actually do this quite often, usually with a poor ending. This one worked well enough for me to share, especially as the dough takes less than five minutes, there is no waiting for yeast to do its business and coming back to it. Just stir and go.

It is as simple as this:

1) Grab a cup, I used a coffee mug because it was close. Also turn the oven to 200 C.

2) Get a mixing bowl

3) Add to the mixing bowl, using the same cup for everything
 - A cup full of wholemeal Self Raising Flour
 - A cup full of wholemeal Plain Flour
 - sprinkle in some Bicarb Soda
 - sprinkle in some salt

4) Mix with your hand held whisk from the second drawer down. This allows magic air to do something to the floor and activate - kind of like the wonder twins used to do.

5) Add in a cup of buttermilk (using the same cup again, no new dishes).

6) Stir with large wooden spoon until mixed

7) Knead for 30 seconds or until you get it into a nice ball

8) Place on tray that has baking paper on it and cut a deep X in the top.

Bake in oven for 30 - 35 minutes.

Cut up and layer large amounts of butter, eat while it is still hot and butter drips over your hands.

If you are a domestic goddess failure like myself, this is the easy peasy, simple pimple recipe you have been waiting for. (Serve with tin tomato soup if you have to!)


  1. this is an ace recipe, will have to give it a try. you know, when i can be bothered shopping ;) sarah

  2. I am looking forward to a taste at dancing next Saturday :) you are cool to get up early and bake a loaf for us all right? I would be happy to bring the butter and honey!!!! xxx Sara

  3. hahaha. You have the best instructions.

  4. I love this recipe Clairey - I'm going to give it a go. So easy (my kind of recipe)

  5. that sounds great and too easy!!

  6. Yay! My type of recipe...I just may try this one.

  7. Very impressed with your cooking prowess Cobs!!! Will try this one today.
    Miss Meg

  8. Looks good. I struggle with soda bread too - almost always make it too heavy and it goes all gooey in the middle.


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