Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Some Tasty Irish Cuisine

13th March 2017 | General

This traditional hearty treat can be enjoyed at any time of the day with a variety of different food.

Enjoy at breakfast time with some creamy butter and sweet jams, or add a savoury twist by serving with crispy bacon and poached egg. 

Soda bread also works as the perfect accompaniment for a lunch time snack of Irish stew or a thick soup.  Or why not use it to build your own sandwich? It’s best served straight from the oven with lashings of butter!

Try our simple, no-fuss recipe below…and it can always be enjoyed with a nice creamy pint of the black stuff!

Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 250grams of plain flour
  • 250grams of wholemeal flour
  • 100grams of porridge oats
  • 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 25g of butter, cut in pieces
  • 500ml of buttermilk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C / gas mark 6 /fan 180C and sprinkle a baking sheet with flour.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips (handle it very, very gently). Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm / 8in in diameter.  Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top (this helps the bread to cook through!). Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.
  3. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, simply slice across. Eat very fresh and enjoy!
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