About this recipe: Quick and simple to make, freshly baked soda bread tastes terrific. In the version here it’s made with half wholemeal flour to give it a delicious coarse texture and nutty flavour. It goes well with butter and jam for breakfast, or with soups and salads for lunch. Or wedges can be split for favourite sandwich fillings.
selenium, zinc * B1, B6, folate, calcium, copper
If you can’t find buttermilk, you can use semi-skimmed milk instead and add it with 1 tbsp lemon juice. Alternatively, use semi-skimmed milk and sift 2 tsp cream of tartar with the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. * For caraway soda bread, add 1 tbsp caraway seeds at the end of step 1.
Buttermilk provides useful amounts of vitamin B2, calcium and phosphorus. * Home-baked bread is delicious and inexpensive, and ideal for boosting the starchy carbohydrate content of any meal. Making your own bread also gives you control over the amount of salt you add, rather than eating commercial loaves which may have a high salt content.