I love soda bread, it’s super adaptable and works well with sweet or savoury ingredients.
Like everyone else, I was glued to the Great British Bake Off when the contestants were making various types of soda bread. I hadn’t made soda bread since I made my version with dulse (dried seaweed), and I thought I’d try a sweet version.
Usually I would use dried fruit in a soda bread, but I didn’t have any. I had a look at what I did have, and this was how I came up with blueberry and walnut soda bread.
As before, if you don’t have buttermilk you can add lemon juice to ordinary milk and let it sit for a few minutes to achieve the same result. I also tossed the blueberries in the flour before mixing them in. Apparently this stops them sinking to the bottom.
This loaf will live quite happily in an airtight box for 2-3 days. If you still have any left, can I suggest toasting it, it’s amazing. I also toasted some and topped it with cheese and this was so delicious the I forgot to take photos.
200 Grams Plain flour
200 Grams Wholemeal flour
25 Grams Butter
100 Grams Porridge oats
1 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda
100 Grams Fresh blueberries
50 Grams Walnuts
1 Tsp Salt
75 Grams Sugar
- Rub butter into the porridge oats (you can use a food processor to do this, but really only takes a minute)
- Add your dry ingredients to the porridge oats (remember to dust the blueberries in the flour before adding them)
- Add the buttermilk to the bowl and mix lightly with a palette knife
- Turn your mix onto a floured surface and gently form it into a ball. Try not to handle it too much, it should be a fairly soft dough
- Transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Cut a cross onto your loaf. You should cut down about one third of the depth of the dough
- Bake in an oven preheated to 180 degrees for 45-50 minutes (or until it sounds hollow when you tap it).