This wheaten soda bread the easiest and the yummiest to make - no yeast involved! The recipe came from an old Tesco magazine a few years back.
Prep: 15 mins
Makes: 1 loaf
Cooking: 50-60 mins
350g strong wholemeal flour
175g strong plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 x 284ml cartons buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F/G6. Butter a baking sheet. Sift the wholemeal and plain flours, the salt and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl.
Add any bran left behind in the sieve from the wholemeal flour to the bowl and stir well. Mixing quickly add sufficient buttermilk to form a soft dough. Be careful not to over knead or your loaf will be chewy.
Shape the dough into a round and place on the baking tray. Sprinkle the top with a little extra wholemeal flour for a nuttier top.
Cook at the top of the oven for 30 mins then reduce the temperature to 180 C/350 F/G4 and cook for about 20-30 minutes.
Remove when risen and crusty on the surface and hollow-sounding when tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
We ate it with our M&S Valentine Dessert - Baked Emmental Gruyere Bake - which was yummy - although we thought more of a starter dish than a dessert!