Irish soda bread with muesli

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Irish soda bread with muesli
This recipe is a great introduction to bread making as there is no kneading or prooving. Rather than yeast to make the bread rise, the lactic acid in the buttermilk reacts with bicarbonate of soda to create carbon dioxide. This bread will be ready to eat in less than an hour.
  • 220g plain wholemeal flour
  • 220g plain white flour
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1tsp fine sea salt
  • 120g muesli
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 440ml buttermilk
1. Put a metal roasting tray in the base of the oven and preheat to 230C (440F).2. In a large bowl, rub the flour and butter together until they resemble bread crumbs. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients.3. Pour in the buttermilk and mix with a wooden spoon until you have a sticky dough.4. Divide the mixture into 4 and dust with flour, then place the pieces onto a lined baking tray and shape into rolls.5. Cut a deep x on top of each roll to help with even cooking.6. Pour a cup of cold water into the roasting tray, the steam will help create a crust, and bake in the hot oven for 10 minutes. 7. Reduce the heat to 200C (390F) and cook for 15 minutes more, until the base feels hollow when tapped.8. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving with plenty of butter.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 individual rolls