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Ariel House; Crispy Bacon Soda Bread

img_7259 Soda bread is such a traditional Irish thing to make in your kitchen. It is such a quick bread and because baking soda is used as a leavening agent you can make it and eat a round of soda bread within an hour! The joy of eating fresh soda bread, slathered in real Irish butter, whilst still warm from the oven is immense! A traditional Irish tea table was never complete without a round or two of this bread in the centre.

img_7266Ingredients

  • 450g of plain white flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of bread soda
  • 110g cooked crispy bacon (we grilled ours for the crunch effect)
  • 400ml of buttermilk

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 230 degrees centigrade.
  • Sieve the flour, salt and bread soda into a large bowl, make a well in the centre.
  • Put the cooked bacon into a measuring jug and top up with buttermilk to the 400ml mark.
  • Pour the milk into the well and using one hand bring all the flour in from the sides to make a soft dough. If it is sticky add a little more flour.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and with floured hands gently pat into a round shape approximately two inches high.
  • Place the dough onto a floured baking sheet and cut a deep cross in it.
  • Place in the preheated oven for ten minutes before lowering the temperature to 200 degrees and baking for another twenty minutes.
  • The bread is cooked fully when it sounds hollow when the base is tapped.

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There are so many things you can add to this versatile bread. Sultanas, nuts, chocolate chips, wild garlic and grated cheese to name just a few. Soda bread is such a traditional bread to make and a very handy recipe to add to your repertoire!

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Till the next time!

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