After the success of my first attempt at soda bread, I thought I’d spend this morning experimenting with a wholemeal version. I occasionally buy Ian Rankin Brown Soda Bread (when it is reduced in price) and my loaf turned out pretty similar – but doesn’t contain the added preservatives, emulsifier and colour of the shop-bought version. It’s simple to do, cheap and made the house smell amazing. Make one of your own now!
- 250g strong white bread flour
- 250g strong wholemeal bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 400 ml milk
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Pre-heat oven to Gas 6/200°C/180°C Fan. Whisk the milk and lemon juice in a jug and leave for a few minutes. Sift the flours and bicarb into a bowl then add the salt. Pour most of the liquid over the flour and quickly mix with a spatula. (Add more liquid if it seems dry, a touch more flour if it’s very sticky.) Turn out onto a floured surface and knead briefly – it only needs to come together as a rough ball – then pop onto a floured baking tray. Sprinkle with more flour, cut a deep cross in the surface and bake for 30-40 minutes. It should be golden brown and the bottom will sound hollow when tapped.
I tried some warm with Marmite for breakfast and with creamy Camembert, apple and pear for lunch: both winning combinations 🙂