Saturday, January 29, 2011

Soda Bread

Tried some soda bread today to go with leftover roast chicken soup. I used a recipe from the Cbeebies cooking programme "I Can Cook." It's straightforward as it's designed to be able to be made by pre-schoolers and actually tasted pretty good - on the second tasting! First taste seemed a bit odd, but after that it was fine - especially nice warmed up again in the oven.

* 75g plain flour
* 100g wholemeal flour
* 25g/1 heaped teaspoon oats
* 1 ½ tsp caster sugar
* ½ tsp salt (optional)*
* ½ tsp baking soda
* 2 level tbsp linseeds
* 170-180ml natural yoghurt

Step 1

Before cooking, wash your hands and put on an apron. Weigh and measure the ingredients.
Step 2

Place some baking paper on to a baking tray. Put the plain flour, the wholemeal flour and the oats into a bowl and stir together with a fork. Measure in the linseeds and stir again. Now measure the sugar, baking soda and salt* into the flour mix and stir.
Step 3

Now add most of the yoghurt, you may not need it all. You want a soft dough, not too wet. Stir with the fork until the mix starts to come together.
Step 4

Tip the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and make it into a ball. Put the round loaf onto the baking tray, flatten slightly with your hand then mark a deep X on the top using the knife.
Step 5

Make sure to cut almost all the way to the bottom of the dough, so that the middle of the bread cooks all the way through. Finish by brushing the top with yoghurt.
Step 6

You will need to ask a grown-up to help with this part. Place in a pre-heated oven at 200°C fan oven/220ÂșC/Gas 7 for 20-25 minutes until golden and crisp on the top.

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