Super easy, super tasty soda bread makes a perfect side for nearly any dish - or just enjoy it on its own straight from the oven.
Prep time 10 min
Cook time 30 min approx
170g self-raising wholemeal flour
170g plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
290 ml buttermilk
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, and raisins (if using) mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.