Irish Soda Bread
For a 20cm round loaf:
Time to prepare: 60 minutes
Cost per serving: $0.50
3 cups (420g) standard plain flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt
This couldn’t actually be much quicker to make, and it’s so good! Not surprisingly perhaps, it is a fairly dense loaf, but served warm from the oven (less than an hour from when you start mixing) with lashings of butter, it really is delicious.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Sift the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar into a large bowl.
Measure the milk and yoghurt into a small bowl and stir to combine.
Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and gently fold the mixture together, trying to combine it evenly but without over-mixing.
Tip the dough onto a lightly floured board and shape it into a ball. Flatten a little until it is disc-shaped and measures just over 15cm across and place it on a lightly floured or baking paper lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross (about halfway down) into the dough so it opens nicely during baking.
Bake in the middle of the oven at 180°C for 45–50 minutes or until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped.