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 oven....it 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

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

Method:
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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