87.Wheat soda bread Recipe: Low Fat, Low Sugar


To make one large loaf

¾pint / 425 ml warm water

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

8 oz / 250 g white flour

8 oz / 250 g wholemeal flour

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, olive oil and salt in a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the water.
  • Mix to a soft dough - add more water if required.
  • Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic - about 10 minutes by hand or 2 minutes in a food mixer.
  • Shape into a round loaf on a floured board and then place on a baking tray
  • Bake at Gas Mark 6, 400°F, 200°C for 25- 35 minutes. Turn out and cool on wire rack.

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds over the top before baking.
  • Stand a bowl of water in the oven to give the steamy atmosphere needed for a good crust.
  • You can use all wholemeal flour but this will produce a heavier loaf.