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!