Soda bread

  • 500g plain wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp herbs (optional)
  • 400ml whole milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon or 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey

1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

2. Mix together the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Add herbs if you want to.

3. Mix together the milk and lemon juice in a jug and wait for a minute.

4. Stir in the honey and pour it into the flour mixture. Stir it with a knife for a minute until it  comes together into a sticky dough.

5. Tip it onto a floured work surface and shape it into a ball.

6. Put the ball on a floured baking tray and, using a sharp knife, make a deep cross on top.

7. Put in the oven and bake for 40 mins.

8. Cool until safe to handle, then slice and serve.

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