Perfect Wholewheat Soda Bread can be on the table in less than an hour. Ireland’s most famous bread uses two of the oldest foods, wheat, and buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and creates the rise, which means that you don’t need yeast. If you have kids, do teach them how to make soda bread, because it’s great to be able to put a loaf on the table within 45 minutes. Once you’ve mastered it, try adding some grated Wexford cheese (Vintage Irish Cheddar) and raw onion finely chopped to the dough. Serve Wholewheat Soda Bread with Homemade baked beans.
Soda bread is best eaten fresh with lashing of Irish butter because it does not have any preservatives in the recipe. Serve the Wholewheat Soda Bread with Cheese and onion with a plowman’s lunch with ham.
There’s no excuse not to have a Cracking Soda Bread recipe
Elizabeth David once wrote that “everyone who cooks, in however limited a way, should know how to make a loaf of soda bread” – and, as with so much else in life, she’s right. Even if you live next door to the world’s best artisan bakery, there is no denying the satisfaction of a loaf that can be in the oven in less time than it takes to brew a pot of tea. More importantly, it is ready to eat by the time you get out of the shower.
Ireland remains the heartland of soda bread today. Filling and wholesome, it pops up at almost every meal and is so universal that the more common wholemeal version is known simply as brown or wheaten bread. It goes with everything from salty yellow butter to soup, smoked salmon to soft cheese, and creates very little in the way of washing-up. Seriously, can you afford not to have a recipe for soda bread in your life?