410gall-purpose flour (about 3¼ cups)more for dusting
1Tablespoonsugar this is optional
Preheat the air fryer at 345F/175C, 174C if using an instant Vortex air fryer (UK) for 10 minutes.
To a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, and mix until incorporated.
Pour the buttermilk into the dry ingredients, with a bread knife or a spatula mix until the dough starts to come together to form a sticky dough.
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured worktop and knead it gently until it comes together then shape into a ball. PS: don't form the ball into a perfectly round shape, flatten (like a dome) it a little so as to give enough room for rising in the air fryer. If it rises too high, the loaf will touch the heating element and may end up burning.
Lightly flour a parchment paper and transfer the shaped loaf onto it. With a serrated knife cut a deep cross on the dough, carefully place it in the preheated air fryer and fry for 30-35 minutes. Flip the soda bread halfway through so that it bakes evenly. You will know the bread is done if an inserted toothpick comes out clean.PSS: This loaf was made in an instant Vortex air fryer 5.7L, I removed the small tray in the air fryer basket to allow enough room for the bread to expand whilst baking. If using another brand of air fryers, make sure that the dough is flattened a bit before baking.
Remove the loaf from the air fryer, and transfer to a cooling rack to cool slightly before serving. Slice the bread however you like and slather some butter and jam on, or enjoy as it is with beef stew or any soup of choice
How to make buttermilk This recipe uses 300ml of buttermilk, to make it at home. Simply pour 300ml of milk into a jug then add 1 ½ Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to the milk, stir to combine, and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes. Your buttermilk is ready when the milk has thickened slightly.