Tuesday, 8 May 2012

India's Super Irish soda bread recipe

This recipe for soda bread uses whole-wheat flour, and oats for a tasty twist.


400g whole-wheat flour
100g rolled oats
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
400ml live natural yoghurt
1 tsp table salt
a little milk








Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir in the salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yogurt, stirring as you go. If necessary, add a tablespoon or two of milk to bring the mixture together; it should form a soft dough, just this side of sticky.
 Tip it out on to a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly for about a minute, just long enough to pull it together into a loose ball but no longer – you need to get it into the oven while the bicarb is still doing its stuff. You're not looking for the kind of smooth, elastic dough you’d get with a yeast-based bread.
Put the round of dough on a lightly floured baking sheet and dust generously with flour. Mark a deep cross in it with a sharp, serrated knife, cutting about two-thirds of the way through the loaf. Put it in an oven preheated to 200°C/gas mark 6 and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
enjoy buttered with soup or warm with jam and clotted cream...


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