So you have some people coming over for lunch and you just can’t get to the bakery in time, then try soda bread. This is a fast, simple healthy bread that can be quite literally, thrown together.
Simple soda bread is a classic and Jamie Oliver has noticed it too. As usual, he adds his finesse to the regular recipe and comes up with a fantastic version of something we all love. For this recipe he recommends you use:
250 g wholemeal flour
100 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
50 g pinhead oatmeal
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 large free-range egg
1 x 300 ml tub buttermilk
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.
2. Place the flour, pinhead oatmeal, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix together.
3. In a separate bowl, use a balloon whisk to beat the egg and buttermilk together.
4. Use a fork to stir the egg mixture into the flour, then as it starts to come together, use your hands to pat and bring the dough together.
5. Shape the dough into a ball and place onto a lightly floured baking tray. Use your hands to flatten the dough slightly so you end up with a disk, roughly 6 to 7cm thick.
6. Score a cross into the top of the bread with the blunt edge of a knife, then bake in the centre of the oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a firm crust has formed and it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
7. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack to cool.
It can be quicker to put a soda bread together than actually run down to the shop and buy a loaf, so make sure you have the right ingredients on hand all the time and you will never run out.