Bread is one of my favourite things to bake. I used to shy away from it as I thought working with yeast and kneading dough would be too tough for an amateur, but, with this simple soda bread recipe my mind changed completely. Bread doesn't need to be complicated in the slightest.
225g Brown Flour
225g Plain Flour
1 handful porridge oats
4 tbsp Bran
6 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 tbsp Bread Soda
1) Preheat your oven to 180C/ 350f/ Gas Mark 4, grease a loaf tin with oil and line the bottom with grease proof paper
2) Sift the flour and bread soda into your bowl, then add the remaining dry ingredients and mix with wooden spoon
3) Make a hole in the centre of the bowl and pour in roughly half the buttermilk and mix
4) Add the remaining buttermilk and stir (be careful that the mixture is not too wet- it should be firm but still 'plop' off the spoon - if it's too wet simply add a little more flour)
5) Empty the mixture into your tin, sprinkle some seeds on top and bake for 35-40 minutes until firm to touch
6) Leave to cool on a wire wrack, slice and enjoy - I love to eat it with thick slices of vintage cheddar or real butter and raspberry jam.