{Guest Post} Deliciously Simple Soda Bread

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Today I am very proud to let my wonderful husband take over this little space and give you a taste of his own creation. I am sure that after seeing this you will want him to come back with more. Which I’m sure he will with very little coaxing!

Hello Blog lovers!

I have been invited by my beautiful wife to tell you about the joys of making bread, in particular Soda Bread.

I have experimented with bread making for a few years now from an Onion loaf to Bloomers and Sesame seed and Honey. I love the versatility and joy that a fresh loaf of bread can bring and I think my wife does too, especially when I bring it to her in bed for breakfast with some smoked salmon!

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Anyway I digress. Today is about Soda bread and this was my first attempt at making it. I hope you’ll agree that it came out rather well!

If you find yourself wanting to make a loaf but either don’t have the time to wait for it to rise, can’t be bothered to knead it or want a change from white, white, white then this is the loaf for you.

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It’s a recipe from Paul Hollywood’s book Bread. A great starting point for any wannabe baker.

Your ingredients are:

250g plain white flour

250g plain wholemeal flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp salt

420ml buttermilk

What to do:

Put all of your dry ingredients into a bowl (plain white flour, plain wholemeal flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt). Make a scary claw with your hand and with your fingers facing down gently run your fingers through them until they are evenly mixed. Create a well in the middle of the bowl and pour the buttermilk in. Now, either with a spoon or your hand if you don’t mind getting messy, mix the ingredients together until they make a sticky dough.

Put some flour onto a surface and pour the mixture on to it. Gently roll the dough on the surface and fold it over, keep doing this for about a minute or so. This brings all of the ingredients together. There is no need to knead here just roll and fold.

Make a ball with the dough then flatten it with your hand. Get your baking tray, nicely lined with baking parchment and place the dough on it. Slice a nice deep cross in the dough and open the sections out slightly.

If you’re in a rush you can put it straight into a preheated oven at 200C. If not then let it rest for 30 minutes allowing the bicarbonate of soda to do its thang.

Once rested bake it for 30 minutes with a slight dusting of plain white flour to add some lovely colour to the loaf.

If cooked it will sound hollow when tapped underneath. Then leave to cool on a wire rack.

And that’s it! I don’t think you’ll find an easier loaf and it’s ruddy tasty too.

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I made a breakfast with crispy bits of streaky bacon, black pudding, a poached egg and some home-grown rainbow chard. As my wife would say… Delish!

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Bread, bread, lovely bread put it in your head,

down to the tum and out the bum,

eat yourself some bread!

Thank you very much for having me and I hope you enjoy this loaf!

Christoph

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