Soda Bread, also known as Irish Bread, is a traditional Irish bread as its name suggests, made with wheat flour, sour milk (buttermilk) and sodium bicarbonate, so it has no yeast as it is leavened by the action of the sodium bicarbonate combined with buttermilk. We made it using Italian spelt flour.
Makes a 500 g loaf, Preparation time 10 mins, Cooking time 40 mins
- 400g Italian Spelt Flour
- 100g Italian ‘0’ Soft Wheat Flour
- 1.5 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 350 ml of cold buttermilk
In a bowl, combine the sifted flours with the salt and baking soda, mix with a wooden spoon, then add the buttermilk a little at a time and start kneading with your hands for no more than 5 minutes until you get a malleable dough.
Form a round loaf. Place the loaf on a baking tray lined with baking paper and lightly cut an X on the top (about 1.5 cm deep) of the bread with a sharp knife. Bake for 40-50 minutes in the preheated oven.
Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.