Seeded soda bread
Photograph: Harry Weir
- Serves: 6
- Cooking Time: 25 mins
- Course: Side Dish
- Cuisine: Irish
- 150g wholemeal flour
- 150g plain flour
- 1tsp fine sea salt
- ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g mixed seeds
- 1tbs rosemary, finely chopped
- 230ml buttermilk
1 Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius, or equicvlent. Grease a 1.5lb loaf tin with a little flavourless oil or softened butter and dust the inside with a little flour, then tap out the excess.
2 Put the wholemeal flour, plain flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl, and mix well together.
3 Add most of the mixed seeds, keeping a tablespoon or so reserved to sprinkle on top later.
4 Add the rosemary and the buttermilk and mix well with a large wooden or metal spoon until all of the ingredients are completely combined.
5 Scrape the bread mix into the prepared tin and spread the top with a palette knife or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the reserved seeds on the top and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
6 Remove the loaf from the oven and leave to cool for five minutes in the tin before turning out on to a wire rack to cool.