This is one of my favourite things to make and eat. Perfect for breakfast toasted or just simply with some butter or jam as a snack, it is simple and delicious. It’s a variation on the tradition Irish Soda Bread which is just about one of my favourite things to eat.
What you need:
- 450g plain flour (can be gluten free if you prefer)
- 40g unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons of golden caster sugar
- 140g mixed, dried fruit (Here I used cranberries, raisins and sultanas)
- Around 400ml of buttermilk (it varies from loaf to loaf)
What to do:
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
- Add the flour, bicarb, salt and sugar to a bowl and mix well (if you don’t the soda can react and leave weird green patches in your bread – they’re fine to eat – just look a bit funny)
- Rub the butter into the flour.
- Mix in the fruit
- Add the buttermilk bit by bit and mix with your hand. Your hand should be in a claw shape to bring the dough together. When enough buttermilk has been added the bread should be firm but soft and definitely not sticky. If you find it has gone a bit sticky, chuck a bit more flour in.
- Flour a baking tray and shape the loaf into the centre of it.
- You then need to draw a long, deep cross into the loaf (to around half way through).
- Bake for 20 mins at 220degrees, before reducing the oven temp to around 200 and baking for another 20-25 mins
- When it’s done, the loaf should sound hollow if you turn it over.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!