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17/03/2014

St Patrick's Day - Irish Soda Bread

It’s St Patrick’s Day – if you fancy some traditional Irish soda bread, our recipe is easy to make and delicious to eat.

You can make a delicious Brown Soda Bread, light with a great texture, by adding Marriage’s Organic Light Brown Plain flour.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Makes 1 medium loaf

450g Marriage’s Organic Plain White Flour
teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
About 350ml buttermilk
A non-stick baking sheet, lightly dusted with flour

PREPARATION METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.

Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Put the buttermilk into the well and mix it into the dry ingredients with a round-bladed knife, or your hands, to make a soft, slightly sticky rough-looking dough.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape it into a ball. Set the dough on the baking-sheet and gently flatten it so it is 3 to 4 cm high. Using a table knife, score the dough with a cross. 

Dust with a little flour then bake for about 35 minutes until it is golden brown. To test if the loaf is cooked, tap underneath with your knuckles. If it sounds hollow it is ready, if it gives a dull thud, bake it for a few minutes longer and test again. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  

Best eaten warm the same day.

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