Fruity soda bread

    40 min

    Simple and delicious soda bread studded with dried fruit. This is a snap to make with just a few ingredients.


    Yorkshire, England, UK
    3 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 300g plain flour
    • 200g plain wholemeal flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 100g raisins
    • 50g mixed peel
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 300ml buttermilk

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas 6. Sift the flours, bicarb and salt into a bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve. Stir in the raisins, mixed peel and lemon zest.
    2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk. With a wooden spoon, gradually stir the flour into the buttermilk to form a soft dough. Bring the dough together with your hands, then turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead lightly and briefly until it forms a smooth ball.
    3. Place the dough on a greased baking tray and flatten it slightly to make a domed round loaf about 20cm in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross in the top of the loaf, cutting about halfway down into the dough. Sprinkle a little extra flour over the top.
    4. Bake until well risen and browned, and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base, about 30 minutes.
    5. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

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