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Sick of sourdough? Try this soda bread recipe ahead of Bake Off


Baking fever is about to take hold as Bake Off returns (Picture: Richard Corrigan)

Along with banana bread, sourdough was the bake of choice during lockdown.

The bread needed hours of our attention which, quite frankly, we all had going spare.

But the truth is, 18 months on, has anyone still managed to keep their starter alive?

If you’re now bored of sourdough and fancy a new and exciting type of bread, we have just the thing.

Try this quick and easy bread recipe (Picture: Richard Corrigan)

Richard Corrigan has offered up his sofa bread recipe – just in time for Bake Off hitting our screens.

For those not clued-up, soda bread uses sodium bicarbonate as a leavening agent instead of traditional yeast.

Flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk are also used in a conventional soda bread loaf. But a variety of other ingredients can also be added – and Richard’s recipe has a few surprises in store.

No kneading or proving required (Picture: Richard Corrigan)

Soda bread also a popular option as it takes less time than other varieties made with yeast – so there’s no need for kneading or proving. This is because buttermilk contains lactic acid, so it reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide.

See Richard Corrigan’s take on the speedy bread below.

Soda bread recipe (makes one large loaf):

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour 
  • 10g salt
  • 15g sodium bicarbonate
  • 150g wholemeal flour
  • 150g jumbo oat flakes
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 500ml buttermilk

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

2. Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Make a well in the centre, then mix in the honey, treacle and buttermilk, working everything together lightly with your hands until you have a loose, wet dough.

3. Flour your hands and shape the dough into a round and lift it onto the lined baking sheet. Cut across in the top (as the loaf cooks this will help to separate it into quarters).

4. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when you tap the base with your knuckles.

5. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a damp cloth and leave to cool.

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