There are a few variations available for this soda bread; we made the treacle version. The bread is similar to an Australia damper, or rather the Australia damper is similar to the soda bread!
- Recipe chosen for soda bread
- Cooking method: Oven
- Faithfulness to recipe: Almost. I used dark maple syrup instead of treacle
- Met expectations? Yes. It tasted like damper and other soda breads I have made in years past.
- Would cook again? Probably not. It’s
- The taste test rated on a score of 5: 4
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 cup plain / all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 1tsp salt
- 305ml buttermilk
- 2 tbs treacle or molasses (I used dark maple syrup)
- 4 tsp sugar
- Preheat oven to 230°C. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Mix the treacle and sugar with the buttermilk.
- Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour with a wooden spoon to form a raggedy dough. Remove the dough to a floured work surface and knead gently just until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky. Do not over knead or your bread will be tough.
- Form the dough into a domed loaf and place it on a lightly floured baking sheet. Cut an X in the top with a serrated knife. Set in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 200°F and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
- Remove from the oven and serve slices warm with butter, jam or jelly.