quick Irish soda bread

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Notes: The science
The yeast is a living thing and it takes quite a long time to produce carbon dioxide tomake the bread rise.

Bicarbonate of soda is just a chemical reaction, carbon dioxide isproduced when you add acid, which is in the form of yoghurt, and also some water. So it happens really quickly and you dont have to leave it to rise

Quick Soda Bread
Most people find that making a yeast dough takes far too long, so why not try a quick alternative, soda bread made with a little bit of bicarbonate of soda, which is a totally different form of raising agent. But make sure that you have all your ingredients ready,and the oven pre-heated because as soon as the bicarb has come into contact with the liquid, the gases will start to be produced.


600g (21 º oz) strong white flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tblsp castor sugar
1 tsp salt1 egg
425 ml (15 fl oz) natural yoghurt


Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and salt into a large bowl.
Beat together the egg and yoghurt and pour the mix into the dry ingredients. 

Knead thedough until smooth and shape into a round. 

Transfer the dough to a greased tray. 

Using asharp knife mark a cross on the top of the dough.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 190degrees C/380 degrees F/Gas mark 5 for 40 minutes until bread is golden.
Serves: 6
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