This is a recipe for soda bread from Jersey. However, I have made similar recipes from Ireland too, so I am not sure of the origins. In fact, it is very simple with only four main ingredients. You can add your own touch using toppings for the crust, such as sesame seeds. Personally, I love to have it toasted with butter or as a side for soup. It is hearty bread, especially if you use whole wheat flour.
Although I didn’t have soda bread while I visited Jersey, I can imagine how it would be delicious made with local ingredients, especially the dairy products. Of course, Jersey is famous for its cows!
350g wholewheat flour (or a mixture of plain flour and wholewheat flour), plus extra for dusting
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
280ml buttermilk (or whole milk mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
Sesame seeds (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 220˚C
First, in a large bowl, combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, and mix well together. Stir in the sesame seeds (optional), saving a few to sprinkle on top.
Next, make a well in the middle and pour in the buttermilk. Working quickly, stir until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Form into a ball, then put on a floured baking sheet.
Make 2 deep cuts into the surface to make a cross. Sprinkle with more seeds (if using) and dust with flour. Finally, bake for 30 minutes or until the loaf is golden brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Cool the bread slightly before slicing and serving either plain or with butter.
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