Soda Bread Using Wholemeal Flour

We often read in the news about people who have stolen money from the business they work for but we never hear about people who steal time from their employer. I’m always amazed about how much productivity is lost to employees using work time for other things. Take for example the following. Dave bought a machine that came with 5 days of training. To me that meant someone would be there at 8 to train the engineer until 5. These are our working hours. Our staff get 2 fifteen minute tea breaks and a half hour for lunch. The technician arrived at 9 and took a smoke break straight away. Followed by tea at 10 with the staff, and another smoke break. Before lunch at 12 he had another smoke break. By the time 4pm came (when he left) he had probably had 8 cigarettes. At 10 minutes per break it meant his productivity hours were cut by 80 minutes. Taking the 2 hours off his time at us, he was being paid over 3 hours more than he worked. In a normal working week he basically takes a day off to smoke. In another example there is a company which allows an hour for lunch. One staff member has breakfast at work when she arrives at 8, the time she is meant to start working. She has a coffee break mid morning, eats lunch at work and then takes her hour lunch break. She probably spends an hour a day not working by having her meals at work. That equates to half a day of paid time per week. This to me is theft! If you are short of time, and want to bake bread, soda bread is the way to go. There is no yeast and therefore no proving time is needed.

Soda Bread
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5 from 2 votes

Wholemeal Soda Bread

This bread is perfect for the days when you need to steal time
Recipe Category: Bread
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Paul Hollywood's 100 Great Breads page 27


  • 250 g bread flour plus extra for dusting
  • 250 g wholemeal flour
  • 20 g baking powder
  • 5 mls salt
  • 75 g butter
  • 270 mls milk
  • 30 mls buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Place all of the ingredients into a stand mixer bowl
  • Using a dough hook, knead until just combined
  • Turn onto a floured surface and bring together
  • Shape into a ball
  • Flatten slightly and cut a cross onto the top
  • Place onto a lined baking tray and dust with flour
  • Bake for 35 minutes
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving

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