Bread, it seems, is still shrouded in some kind of mystery, bread making is talked about in tones of black magic or shamanism. Some bread baking can be time consuming, involving kneading, proving, leaving your bread in a place that's just the right temperature for just the right amount of time, coming back to it and doing more kneading and on it goes. During this time, you might figure that you could have done your tax returns, mowed all the lawns on the street or written that novel.
Soda bread makes no such demands from its maker. It has to be the easiest bread on the planet to make. A word of warning however: bread making works when you follow the instructions. If you add stages to a recipe that do not exist, i.e mixing it in a food processor or kneading where it needs none, then you are doomed to fail.
I use spelt because I eat mainly that as a bread grain, I also use it for brownies and lots of sweet treats. I don't feel like I ate a whale and turned into one, as I often do with regular white or brown bread. It has more robustness and nutrition than white wheat flour and it doesn't like too much handling, which makes it perfect for soda bread. Make this bread, if you like, and please give me feedback...It's soooo easy and soo yummy that I hope you will be converted
White Spelt Soda Bread
You will need:
500g white spelt flour (you can get it in Dunnes, Superquinn and health food shops)
280ml Buttermilk - widely available
Bread Soda -5g/level teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Preheat your oven to 200degrees C
1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl, if you don't have a sieve, use a whisk to get some sir through it, add the bread soda and salt and mix to combine
2. Pour in the buttermilk and, working quickly, use your hand in a claw like shape to bring the mixture together, it should be just a little bit sticky. if it seems too sticky just add a little more flour
3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, gently shape it into a round and flatten slighty
3. Sprinkle some flour onto a baking tray and lift the dough up and pop it onto the tray, with a bread knife cut a cross into the dough
4. Put this straight into the hot oven and bake for 35-40 mins until golden brown, take the loaf out and tap its bottom, if it sounds hollow then its cooked
Leave the bread to cool before slicing or it will be sticky. Slice, butter, devour and enjoy it. I love this toasted even when fresh as the crust gets extra crispy