Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Easy Peasy Soda Bread

I haven't done any kind of baking for ages so I thought I'd go back to something that was really easy.

Ingredients for said soda bread:
200g self raising flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
200ml semi skimmed milk
juice of half a lemon (or what I used, 2 teapsoons lemon juice)

Method1. Put the juice of the lemon into the milk and leave to sour.

2. Mix together flour and bicarb in a bowl.

3. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in most of the milk mixture. Mix in carefully with a wooden spoon. Now it's up to you, if you think it looks a little dry add the rest of the milk. You're aiming for a sticky but manageable dough.

4. Put onto a lightly floured surface and shape. Don't handle too much or it will turn out heavy. I shaped mine and baked freeform on a baking tray but alternatively you could do it in a loaf tin. Don't panic at this point when the mixture looks tiny because it rises substantially in the oven.

5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 40 minutes or until golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped on the base. It should feel light and airy.

There you go beautiful bread that takes very little time to make. The resulting bread has a lovely crispy crust and is soft on the inside. Perfect still warm or for some rustic sandwiches. It is so versitile and quick and simple to make. What more can you want?

Kate xx

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