About this recipe:The flavour of fennel in this soda bread pairs perfectly with cheese, or serve it alongside cabbage and bacon soup for a delicious lunch.
375g plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
150g caster sugar
1 tablespoon fennel seed
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons melted butter
3 tablespoons butter, chilled
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr15min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 25cm round tin.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, sugar and fennel seed. In another bowl, stir together the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, until just blended using a large spoon. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Dot with the 3 tablespoons of chilled butter.
Bake for about 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Slice into wedges and serve warm.