Soda bread

When I have a "down day" I bake a bread, it reverses the trend. This is one of my favorite, the recipe was handed down to me by Phil, she now lives in Ireland but used to bake proper Irish bread long before moving across the waters.

It is yeast free and incredibly easy to make but
As for everything, there are a few tricks:

The mixture should be slack but not too thin, add a little more water if the mixture is too thick.

When baking a bread, always put a bowl of water in the oven, it will give you that lovely crust.

When the bread is baked, get it out of its tin straight away, set it on a grid to cool and if you are so inclined, listen to it sing.


375g wholemeal flour
125g porridge oats or medium oatmeal
1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tsp full baking powder
1 tsp full salt
300 ml natural live yogurt or even better buttermilk if you can source it
150 ml warm water
1 small handfull of sunflower seeds


Mix all the dry ingredients, I use a mixer with a dough attachment but by hand is fine.

Add the buttermilk or yogurt and the warm water

and mix the lot again

That's is it for the preparation

Butter a tin square, oblong, round which ever take your fancy, bake for 35 minutes up to 45 minutes in a pre-heated oven temperature: 190.

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