Happy World Baking Day everyone!
I hope you’ve all donned your pinnies, rolled up your sleeves and are beating sifting folding and whisking to your hearts’ content in the midst of great billowing clouds of flour and ecstasy. Baking is what Sundays are for and today I baked some soda bread.
Soda bread feels like cheating because there’s no waiting around for the whole proofing malarkey and there’s no kneading either. You just bung everything in a bowl, mix it about a bit and you’ve got yourself some oven-ready dough! So it’s just the ticket when you crave some freshly-baked goodness for lunch but not so much so that you’re willing to sacrifice that sacred weekend lie-in. So me every weekend, basically.
I’ve added a couple of twists to the traditional today: the addition of buckwheat flour lends its distinctive toasted, nutty flavour (and halve’s the loaf’s gluten content too) and the rosemary’s heady pine notes add to the irresistible earthiness of this close-textured loaf.
Perfect eaten warm with lashings of butter, or torn into hunks and dunked into soups, stoups and stews. I suppose it’s a bit autumnal *oops* so perfect for those of you living in the Southern hemisphere at the moment!
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Rosemary & buckwheat soda bread
Makes one loaf
– 25g unsalted butter, melted
– 250g buckwheat flour, sifted
– 250g white plain flour, sifted (plus extra for dusting)
– 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sifted
– 1 scant teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
– 1 tablespoon runny honey
– 400ml buttermilk
Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the buttermilk. Stir in the buttermilk and keep mixing gently until a rough dough forms. Tip: It’s best to use your hands instead of a wooden spoon to avoid overworking the dough.
Transfer the dough to your lined baking tray and pat into a circular loaf. Dust with a little extra flour and score a deep ‘V’ into the top. Tip: Some people do this with a knife but I like to use the floured handle of a wooden spoon for a softer effect. Whichever way you choose, the ‘V’ will help the loaf to cook all the way through. I think the olde worlde reason was something about letting fairies out…
Bake for 45-50 minutes until risen and golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack. Tip: Drape a tea towel over the loaf as it cools to keep the crust from drying out.
Best eaten within the day (soda bread dries out very quickly) but it also freezes well.
Source: Recipe and photos by pip & little blue.
I am so making this! Btw the slits in bread are partially because, back in the day, people used communal ovens – marking bread with a specific shape let everybody know “back off, loser, this is my bread.” There might be culinary reasons for it, but that’s the historical one I know. Cannot wait to make this!!!
Great fact and thanks for sharing! Let me know how the baking goes ☺️
Your soda bread looks really delicious, I love the addition of rosemary.
I’ve recently been experimenting with buckwheat flour too and made some cookies.
Thanks so much. The rosemary really infuses the whole loaf as it bakes and can stand up to the buckwheat. Those cookies sound delish!