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Irish Soda Bread

This simple loaf needs neither kneading nor proving... the luck of the Irish!

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
75g currants
525g plain flour
260g self raising flour
55g granulated sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp salt
55g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
350ml buttermilk
1) Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas6.

2) Put the currants in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 15 minutes.

3) Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture, until it is about the size of small peas.

4) Drain the currants. Add to the flour mixture with the buttermilk and mix until moistened and comes together in a shaggy dough.

5) Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead lightly until just smooth, about 1 minute.

6) Form the dough into a ball and place on the centre of a lightly greased baking tray. Using a sharp knife cut a 1/2cm-deep cross into the top of the dough.

7) Bake until well browned and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped lightly with your knuckles, about 1 hour.

8) Transfer the bread to a rack to cool completely before serving.

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