Hot Cross Soda Bread
Good Friday is the day for Hot Cross Buns, but this version of Irish Soda bread can have this warm, delicious treat on the table in under an hour.
This bread is so simple to make, there is no messing around with yeast, no mixers required, it has a lovely crunchy crust and a cakey interior and it fills the house with a warm spicy aroma.
450g plain wholemeal flour
2tsp mixed spice
1tsp bicarb soda
1 cup sultanas or mixed dried fruit if you prefer
2tbs golden syrup
1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 220c
Sift the flour, spice and bicarb into a large bowl, tipping the husks left in the sieve into the bowl.
Add the salt and dried fruit and toss through the flour to cast.
Mix the egg, golden syrup and buttermilk together in a jug.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the wet mix, use your hand to draw in the flour until you have a soft and sticky dough.
Pat into a round with floured hands and slash a deep cross into the top right to the edges of the bread.
Put the round on a lined baking tray into the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 200c.
Bake 35-40 minutes and.
The bread is baked when tapping the bottom sounds hollow.
Serve warm with lashings of butter and golden syrup.Back to Blog Page