Half the world (well, NZ) and his wife must have been watching Hugh F-W this week as pretty much everyone I know is making soda bread!
'Hugh's Everyday' is on tv just now and we can't miss an episode. It's a totally brilliant series.
I made loads of bread last year but as summer rolled in I kind of stopped but I wanted to get back into it again so this was as good a place to start as any.
Hugh's recipe is
* 500g plain flour (I didn't use any special flour - just the basic "pams" plain flour.)
* 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
* 1 tsp fine sea salt
* Approx. 400ml buttermilk or live yoghurt
* A little milk, if necessary
I went the buttermilk route. The carton we can get at the supermarket is 600ml so I just upped everything else a wee bit.
Here's how Hugh makes it, and I copied it exactly.
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.
This is so super yummy I can't tell you!!
We're having home made jerusalem artichoke soup tonight for dinner with soda bread and lashings of butter.