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Leicestershire Silton Soda Bread

Made by Rosie Clark, this was one of three Leicestershire Loaves that won her the Leicestershire Cook-Off


  • 275 g White or whole meal bread flour
  • 250 g Buttermilk Whole fat sour milk or a mixture of whole fat yoghurt and milk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 50 g Stilton cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 230 celcius.
  • Pop all the ingredients in a big bowl and stir the, by hand, to ensure they are all mixed well.  Turn it out on the counter and give it a little, gentle knead - not too rough - and, with very wet hands, scoop it out and form it into a ball.  Place the ball on a baking tray that is lined with baking parchment and pat it down into a disc about 5 cm high.  With a wet knife, cut an X into the loaf, going 2/3 of the way to the bottom.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 230 and then reduce the temperature to 200.  Bake for a further 15 minutes at 200.