Today I had a sudden desire to make soda bread. I do not know where this came from but it did not seem such a bad idea! I did a little internet search for some recipes but found that they all seemed to use buttermilk. I do not have buttermilk at home and although I had a lemon I did not have any cow’s milk. So therefore I found recipe that used yoghurt. The wonders of the internet!
Irish Soda Bread is made with only the most basic of ingredients: flour, baking soda (used as a leavening agent instead of yeast), soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt.
There is a little adage that comes with making this bread
An hour later…
500 grams flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups plain yoghurt
- Heat oven to 215oC. Grease a cake pan and set aside.
- Stir together flour, soda and salt in a large bowl.
- Stir yogurt into the flour mixture by the 1/2 cup until dough sticks together and forms a ball shape
- Knead lightly and roll into a ball.
- Place into greased cake pan, and press down lightly to make it a bit flatter.
- Make a cut in the top of the dough, about 1/2″ deep.
- Cover the pan with a sheet of foil tented (to give room for the bread to rise), or turn another cake pan upside down over it.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove cover and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Best served hot.
As usual I modified it somewhat, adding a teaspoon of organic honey and a teaspoon of maple syrup. When it came out of the oven I cut myself a slice and slathered it with honey. Very nice.