Irish soda bread

After I`m writing this post for the second time,and not saving the first one somehow STUPID me, I`m going to “talk” about bread today.

Politically correct We are making our own bread at home for over 3 years, because my man is kneading and baking bread also.A.K.A. It is so easy that a sport freak with no idea in the kitchen can do it also……

If you have a bread maker you can if you wish use only the recipe, but this post is only for people who want to get their hands dirty and do a little hand exercise.

Basic recipe .
Preheat the oven to 150/160 C.
Take a large salad bowl or a bowl but big one it will be messy!

You will need:

250 gr white flour

250 gr wholemeal flour of your choice any kind goes

pinch of salt

100 gr porridge oats

and a tsp. of baking soda or a pack of baking powder

25 gr. butter

500 ml. buttermilk

Here comes the tricky part originally the recipe is with buttermilk if you find you can buy, but i don’t recommend ,it`s full with sugar and shit.

So I`making it myself. Take a really large glass or something suitable pour 500 ml plain milk and the juice of one lemon, leave it in a room temp. for 30 min and there is your buttermilk.

If it`s seems really complicated and long you can always substitute the buttermilk with yogurt.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk or yogurt and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips “handle it very, very gently”.

Knead a little while until shaped.

Put your baby on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top, it looks pretty and helps it to cook through. Then transfer in the oven. Bake it for about 40 min depending on your oven.

After baked, take out and cover it with a clean towel…

Second version for early birds with limited time but still wanting fresh homemade bread. The recipe is the same but instead of putting baking soda or powder you use dried yeast. Then the same action until the point that you transfer your loaf in a cold oven and let it be.

I mean you can knead it in the morning before going to work or wherever you go and after you are back you put your oven on to 160 C and mind your business for 40 min.

If you serve freshly baked bread to your family & friends they would think you have moved the whole world with your bare hands really hard work! Do not tell them how easy it was..

Oh and one more thing you can upgrade your bread with seeds,herbs and anything you like BUT do not forget the SODA or YEAST “this I’m telling you not because you are an idiot, but a good friend of mine baked the perfect bread “brick” forgetting this small ingredient…then it was my fault ..

So take care I`m off to work

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