Friday, 18 March 2011
Quick and easy: Soda bread
You will need:
1lb flour (any old kind really. I mix plain and self raising)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder (or two each of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar)
1 oz margarine
10 fl oz (half a pint) milk, soured with 1 tabsp yoghurt
Switch on your cooker to 200C.
Measure out your dry ingredients then sift them into a large bowl.
Rub in the fat. And here's a useful tip. DON'T use both hands. If you use your non-dominant hand (my left) to hold the bowl and use your dominant hand to rub in the fat, if the phone rings, or someone comes to the door, you have a clean hand to use!
Next pour in the milk. You can add it all. I promise it won't be too wet. You might just need a dribble extra. Mix it in with a knife.
When it looks like this, turn it onto a floured board and knead it gently for no more than a minute.Shape it into a round and flatten it a bit before setting it onto a floured baking tray.
A pizza tray is perfect for cooking bread. After all, that's what pizza bases are. Using a sharp knifecut a big cross in the top. You will see it start to rise straight away.
Bake it for 30 minutes till it goes brown. It will spread out like this. You should be able to slice it but ripping it apart is probably better. Great with cheese, meat, pate, jam, or practically anything that goes with ordinary bread!