Sunday, 2 September 2012

White Soda Bread

So upon the recommendation of one of my readers (Thank You Erika!) I went into town yesterday and treated myself to Lilly Higgins beautifully put together book entitled 'Make Bake Love'. I have to say I am in LOVE with this book. The pictures, recipes and layout of the book are just fantastic and each page contains a recipe as mouth watering as the last. It's a feast for the eyes and if you put it to good use it will be a feast for your tummy too. I was flicking through the pages of the book this morning looking for a simple recipe containing 'buttermilk'. My reasoning for this is I bought a carton of buttermilk on Thursday evening for my Red Vevlet Cupcakes and I have over 3/4 of a carton left. And as anyone who knows me knows...I really hate waste! As I scanned through the book I was pleasantly surprised to find a very simple Soda Bread Recipe. With only 4 ingredients and 40minutes in the sounded the perfect solution for my left over buttermilk dilemma! This bread is delicious served warm with butter or jam.

White Soda Bread Recipe

Makes: 1 Loaf

450g (1lb) plain flour
1 tsp bread soda
1 tsp salt
350ml buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 220C. Dust a heavy baking tray with flour.
2. In a large bowl sieve the bread soda with the flour and salt.
3. Make a well in the centre. Add the buttermilk. Use your hands or a round bladed knife to bring the   
   dough together until it is craggy and soft.
4. Wash your hands. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and shape into a round loaf, patting 
    gently as you turn it.
5. Lift gently onto the baking tray. Using a sharp knife score a cross shape onto the loaf.
6 .Bake immediately for 20 minutes, lower the oven to 200 and bake for a further 20 minutes until   
   golden and risen, the base should sound hollow when tapped

     This recipe is taken 'Make Bake Love' by Lilly Higgins

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