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Fruit & spice soda bread


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  • 100g rolled porridge oats
  • 25g butter
  • diced
  • 200g plain flour
  • 200g plain wholemeal flour
  • plus extra for dusting
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g sultanas
  • 50g stoned dates
  • finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp mixed peel
  • 450ml buttermilk
  • 3-4 tbsp demerara sugar


servings 8
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 35mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Whizz the porridge oats and butter together in a food processor, or rub the butter into the oats with your fingertips in a big bowl. Stir in the flours, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, salt, raisins, sultanas, dates and mixed peel

Step 2

Pour over the buttermilk and quickly stir in with a round-bladed knife. Tip out onto a flour-dusted surface and gently bring together into a ball with your hands. Transfer to a flour-dusted baking sheet and scatter over the demerara sugar, pressing it into the top. Use a sharp, flour-dusted knife to cut a big cross in the top and bake for 30-35 minutes until crusty on the outside. Eat warm or cold, thickly sliced, with butter.

Buttermilk substitutions:-

1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup yogurt
1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup milk PLUS 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice (let stand for 10 minutes before using in recipe)
1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup milk PLUS 1-3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar

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