This is a perfect recipe for people who don’t believe they have time to make bread. Soda bread is extremely easy and quick to make. There is no kneading, no waiting around for dough to rise and it tastes extremely good. All it takes is a quick mix of the ingredients and you’re good to go.
We ate this bread spread with lots of salted butter and bowls of butternut squash soup. It would be really fantastic accompaniment alongside a ploughmans lunch 🙂
Cheesy-peasy oaty soda bread
125g plain flour
125g wholemeal flour
50g oats, plus a handful for sprinkling over the top
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp honey
250ml buttermilk (if like me, you don’t usually buy buttermilk, you can make your own by squeezing half a lemon into 250ml whole milk, leave for 5 mins and stir)
100g good cheddar cheese, cubed plus a handful grated for sprinkling over the top.
Preheat the oven to 220C.
Place the flours into a large bowl. Add the salt, bicarbonate of soda, honey, buttermilk and cheese cubes. Make a “claw” shape with your hand over the bowl and bring the ingredients together. You should have a soft, slightly sticky dough that isn’t too wet. If it’s too dry add a little more buttermilk.
Place the dough on an oiled baking tray and form it into a ball shape, not worrying if it doesn’t look too perfect! Rustic is good here. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross in the top. This is apparently to let the devil out, so I’m told! Sprinkle a small handful of oats and grated cheese over the top.
Bake at 220C for 10 minutes, then turn the oven to 200C and bake for a further 20-25 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.