February 21, 2015

Super-quick Irish Soda Bread

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This Irish soda loaf is one of the easiest loaves there is out there to make. Being half Irish I grew up on the stuff and Mum has been making this super fast version for the past few years. 

I had never given it a go before and seeing as it takes no time to make, no proving and no kneeding it was high time I gave it a shot. 

Its an all throw in the bowl kind of recipe and if eaten while still warm from the oven with some 'real' butter it really is delicious. 

To make a loaf you will need...

2 packs of butter milk (450ml)
140g bread flour
240g whole wheat flour 
1 1/2 tsp salt 
1 1/2 bicarbonate of soda 
2 tsp caster sugar 
60g butter 
4 tbsp olive oil 

Start by lining your tin with flour, do this by coating the sides evenly, tipping and turning the tin until coated. 

Next put all your dry ingredients into a bowl and rub in your softened (not melted) butter...

Now add your butter milk and olive oil. 

...combine your ingredients, use a knife to start as the mixture is very sticky. 

Cover your hands in flour and bring the mixture together to form a dough. 

Turn it out onto a board and start to kneed, very gently, just until you have a smooth surface. 

Pop this into your floured tin 

Brush the top with some butter milk and bake in the over for 30 minutes at 200C  -  turn around and bake for a further 30 minutes at 180C.

At the half way stage you may need to cover the top of the loaf with some foil to prevent it browning too much.

Take out and leave to cool. This is delicious to have while still warm but be careful slicing it as it is very crumbly until it has cooled completely. 


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