Garlic and Thyme Soda Bread

Because Kim asked for it on her own blog, (here’s the request), I made soda bread yesterday afternoon. The basic reciepe comes from a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cookbook but as an experiment I added thyme and roast garlic I have to say it turned out pretty tasty. The recipe is as follows:


  • 4 cloves of garlic (tops only removed)
  • 3 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 500g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 400ml live yoghurt (if it says ‘eat within 3 days’ on the back its the right stuff)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Firstly, roast the garlic in a little olive oil until they are squishy and a touch brown. Tear them into bits (watchout they’ll be hot inside). Leave the oven on at about 200°C, you’ll need it in a couple of minutes.

Then put the flour, salt, bicarb, thyme and bits of garlic in a bit bowl. Whisk through so its all mixed up and then make a well in the middle. Pour some of the yoghurt in and start mixing with a big spoon, adding more yoghurt as you go. The dough should form a big blob which slightly sticky.

Flour a work surface and tip out the dough. Now the awesome thing about soda bread is you only knead it for about a minute. Go on, you heard me knead the bread for about a minute! Make it into a rough ball and scoop up some of the flour from the surface to rub on the top.

Cut an X in the top with a bread knife and put on a slightly greased baking tray and back into that oven for 40-45mins. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Ding… Soda Bread… enjoy!

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