I do love a bread which only takes minutes to get into the oven, I am an impatient cook so soda bread works well. You get to eat a good old fashioned carb in less than an hour. And for someone who can’t tolerate yeast very well this is a great alternative to a normal loaf of bread, plus no kneading or proving required.
One of the best things to come out of 2015 for me (I am easily pleased) was making butter at River Cottage, why I haven’t done it before, I have no idea. I have thrown away so much cream in the past but it now all gets churned into butter by my own fair hands…this in turn also leaves you with buttermilk! Which is just what is needed to make soda bread…
If I do anything new this year, Happy New Year by the way, it is to reduce our food waste…so my leftover cream turned into delicious homemade butter, which left me with buttermilk to make my soda bread with…I had some blueberries kicking about in the fridge and used an apple from the fruit bowl…all equals a homemade loaf of bread.
Soda bread is so versatile too, you can throw in virtually anything and it won’t affect the quality of the taste. So just omit or substitute your favourite flavours, or you can see my plain soda bread recipe, or my walnut soda bread recipe if you fancy something else.
This apple and blueberry soda bread also tastes amazing toasted, a bit like a light fruit loaf, mmmm.
This can be enjoyed with blueberry jam, or cheese and pickles, let me know what you think.
Apple and Blueberry Spelt Soda Bread recipe…
- 400ml wholemeal spelt bread
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 300ml buttermilk
- 1 tsp runny honey
- 1 apple cored and chopped
- 100g blueberries
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried thyme (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC/ Gas mark 6
- Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl and mix
- Make a well in the flour and add the buttermilk and runny honey, start mixing
- Add the fruit and the thyme and mix to bring to a dry dough, it's easier to use your hands at this stage.
- Work the dough into a ball and put onto a floured baking tray
- Sprinkle some flour on top of the ball and slash a deep cross into the loaf
- Bake in the oven, check after 30 mins by tapping the bottom of the bread, if it sounds hollow it should be cooked but if not cook for another 10 mins if necessary.