Irish Soda Bread - I made that!
So easy even I can do it and I don't bake.
Saturday mornings are usually spent dressed like a human duvet having a natter with some other mums whilst watching Small Thing do his football training. Today? It was cancelled and I made Irish soda bread. Yes I really did! Last week the Grumps had it in his head that he wanted to make it and I was despatched with a shopping list of the required ingredients. He made it, it was good and I declared him a keeper on Instagram. This week, I bought the buttermilk for him to make the soda bread again but I felt that maybe I should give it a shot as the Grumps was standing outside for a couple of hours with the big boy in the coldest of weather. So I did and that's my loaf up there ready to have with some homemade soup!
And if I can do it - you can (my previous attempt at banana loaf went in the bin - a baker I am not). The recipe I googled off BBC Goodfood by James Martin but here it is for your delectation.
- 170g / 6oz self-raising wholemeal (I used normal white) flour
- 170g / 6oz plain flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 290ml / ½ pint buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6
- Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
- Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough (you may need to add a touch of milk if the mixture seems too dry but it should not be too wet or sticky).
- Turn on to a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
- Form in to a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on to a lightly floured baking sheet.
- Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 mins or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Eat and enjoy! Now I don't normally do food recipes but I was so surprised that it was so simple that I thought it only right to share with all you baking virgins out there.
Anyway, this week, it was the Grump's turn to declare me a keeper ;o)
Last Note :
- My criteria for following recipes is that all ingredients and all instructions should ideally fit on one page. That's it.