Thursday, 1 October 2009

Autumn Indoor Picnic or For the Love of Soda Bread!

Soda bread is so simple, so wholesome, so Autumn!
It can be made in next to no time and is a real life saver (for example when your son has a tantrum, because he is hungry, wants bread but refuses to go to the corner shop....but then I imagine you are all far more 'with it' than me!)
I love it with a big dollop of cream cheese, or thick sliced cheddar and particularly with a big bowl of steamy soup!
You can make it with or without the traditional buttermilk, which is readily available in most supermarkets. There are two alternatives, if you are living the stroppy child example life! You can pour out the milk required and add a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice, to essentially 'sour' the milk or (and I think this is a preferable substitute and closer in flavour) natural yoghurt, loosened with a few tablespoons of milk to give a gloopy, single cream consistency!

170g/6oz self-raising wholemeal flour
170g/6oz plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
290ml/½ pint buttermilk

Dump dry ingredients into a bowl, create a well and add buttermilk, or yoghurt (+some milk) or soured milk. Mix up, it will start to come together in a scraggy ball, ideally it is quite dry and will need you to get your hands in and bring it together (be patient, it will). Take out the ball of dough, mould into a smooth (ish!!) ball, cut a cross, about half way through. Place in moderate oven and cook for 30 minutes until brown and when tapped sounds hollow. Easy peasy!

Slice up, slather on something delicious and enjoy, knowing you will be kept full and happy for hours!x


That Crafty Fish! said...

i needed this recipe so much! thankyou - thinking alot about bread recipes this week x Also had a terrible cooking week with barely a thing made - and actually feeling the longing to MAKE food... crazy huh??

Rhiannon said...

That looks scrumptious! Me and the lovely have recently got into making bread in a big way, so will have to give it a shot later this week