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Soda bread

Published on August 18, 2014
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Soda bread

Try adding fennel seeds and apple to Baker Tom’s soda bread recipe to add a fruity, wholesome twist

Makes 1 loaf

You will need

  • Plain white flour 500g
  • Sugar 10g
  • Salt 10g
  • Baking powder 10g
  • Bicarbonate of soda 5g
  • Buttermilk (or a half and half mix of water and natural yogurt) 410g


  1. Weigh the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  2. Add the buttermilk and mix thoroughly until all of the dry flour has been mixed in. Don’t work the dough too much as it will release the glutens in the flour.

  3. Tip onto a floured surface and shape into a round of about 2½ cm in height.

  4. Place onto a non-stick baking sheet, flour the top and cut a cross half way through the dough. Sprinkle with oats if you like for added texture.

  5. Place into a pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes at 190°c/gas 5 until golden brown.

  6. Let the bread cool before serving.

Chef’s tip: ‘Soda bread is quick and simple to make, yet delicious. It doesn’t include yeast, so won’t need kneading or resting like most breads and you can add any flavours you wish’ says Tom Hazzledine of Baker Tom

Pick up Tom’s bread at his Truro and Falmouth shops and bakery cafe in Pool, www.bakertom.co.uk

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