Makes 1 loaf

Easy Food Special - - BEST BAKES -

650g/23oz/5 cups plain flour (allpur­pose flour)

1 level tsp salt

1 level tsp bi­car­bon­ate of soda (bak­ing soda)

350ml/12 fl oz/1½ cups but­ter­milk

1 Pre­heat the oven to 230˚C/210˚C fan/450˚F/gas mark 8.

2 Sieve the flour, salt and bi­car­bon­ate of soda (bak­ing soda) into a large mix­ing bowl. Make a well in the cen­tre and pour al­most all of the but­ter­milk into the well. Mix to­gether with clean hands or a wooden spoon. It will be­come a soft, spongy dough, but not very wet or sticky. If it is too dry, add a lit­tle more but­ter­milk.

3 Turn the dough out onto a floured work sur­face and shape it into a disc about 5cm/2in thick.

4 Use a knife to mark the top of the dough with a cross that reaches the sides to “let the fairies out”!

5 Place the bread onto a bak­ing tray and bake for 20 min­utes. Re­duce the heat to 200˚C/180˚C/400˚F/gas mark 6 and cook for an­other 25-30 min­utes.

6 The bread is done when the bot­tom of it sounds hol­low when tapped. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Per Serv­ing 251kcals, 1g fat (0g sat­u­rated), 51.3g carbs, 1.9g sug­ars, 7.9g pro­tein, 1.8g fi­bre, 0.398g sodium

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