Soda Bread

So today I thought I would try making soda bread again. I had bought two tubs of buttermilk and they need to be used and to be honest, I’m not keen to go out in this mess.

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So first things first, a cuppa tea 🙂 I have one of those kettles that pours right into the cup but it makes an awful noise. Check out my favourite mug!!

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prepare to die Peter Pan

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I am working from the ‘Baking for Beginners’ book for my soda bread. This book is the recipe I used last time where it just didn’t seem right. But I’ve figured I will try again and tweak it as I go along. Wish me luck!!

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This recipe is for a wholemeal variation where instead of 400g of plain flour you use wholemeal instead.

Ingredients (because the picture is small)

400g/14oz plain white/wholemeal flour plus 1 tbsp for dusting;
1 tsp salt;
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda;
15g/1/2oz butter;
50g/2oz coarse oatmeal;
1 tsp of clear honey;
300ml/1/2 pint of buttermilk;
2 tbsp milk (1 tbsp extra if using wholemeal)

The recipe says to preheat the oven to 200•C/400•F/Gas Mark 6 15 minutes before baking.

Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of sofa into a large bowl. I am using Allinson Wholemeal self-raising flour. I clearly wasn’t looking in the supermarket and this wasn’t one of my tweaks but hey ho, on we go!!
oops!!

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As you can see, I’m on the 400g mark..

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I have my mixing bowl and sieve ready

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I’ve managed to get half of the flour in the sieve so I will shake this before adding the rest
Here is the sieved flour, salt and half of the bicarbonate of soda as the flour is self-raising

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Now the instructions tell you to rub in the butter until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs

And then make a well in the centre of the dough, here is said well..

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As you can see the buttermilk I buy from sainsburys is the perfect amount for this recipe and I now have to mix the honey buttermilk and half of the bicarbonate of soda (as I used self raising flour) in to the mix (like so..)

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I attach my hook handle and away we go!!!

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I mix the ingredients to form a dough and this is what it should like look (this is what I’m assuming it should look like)

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I dust the countertop with some flour to prepare to knead and I have to knead for about 2-3 minutes until it is a smooth dough. Does it look smooth?

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The recipe says to use a knife to create the tradition cross surface on the dough but my nan told me to press down with a wooden spoon. She’s Irish and cool so how can I say no?

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I used some more flour for dusting and pop in the oven for 30/35 minutes.

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Now I’m left with this 😦

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So I might as well make a cuppa tea 🙂

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10 minutes left and this is what I’m sitting on the floor looking at

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I hope it turns out okay, it certainly smells nice.

I don’t know if you can see but in the photo of my cup of hot water, I’m looking at a Victoria sponge cake recipe, I have already measured out the butter for this as I’ve decided I’m going to go a little bit crazy with these bad boys!!

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And here it is….. Taaaadaaaaaa

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