Hot Cross Soda Bread

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

1tsp salt

1 cup sultanas or mixed dried fruit if you prefer

2tbs golden syrup

1 large egg

500ml buttermilk

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.

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