Makes: 1 loaf
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
You will need:
- 400g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 350 ml buttermilk (see tips)
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 200C, Gas 6. Lightly flour a baking sheet.
- Place all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well. Make a well in the centre and add all but the 2 tbsp of the buttermilk. Combine the ingredients with a fork to form a soft dough. If the mixture is too dry add a little more of the butter milk.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead very lightly. Shape into a round and flatten slightly to about 4cm deep. Place onto the baking sheet and using a sharp knife make a deep cross in the top.
- Bake in the oven for 35 mins or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with butter.
- You will find buttermilk in most major supermarkets and health food shops.
- For a quick alternative for buttermilk use half plain yogurt and half milk mixed together.
- Sour dough bread is best eaten on the day it is made. If you happen to have any left over it is delicious toasted the next day.