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Ariel House; Irish Soda Bread with a twist….

Irish soda bread with a twist….

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Welcome back to our blog after our annual festive break. Our kitchen has reopened and our ovens fired up for what is set to be another busy year here in Ariel House.

We make soda bread every day in our kitchen. It is such a traditional Irish bread to make 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 straight from the oven is immense. A traditional Irish tea table was never complete without a round or two of this bread in the centre. We previously shared a delicious recipe for soda bread with crispy bacon that was a massive hit with our guests. We have taken that recipe and added a selection of savoury toppings, all of which have been delicious. This is the basic recipe that we use and to that we add variety of toppings.

Ingredients

450g of plain white flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of bread soda
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.
Pour the buttermilk 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.

We added chopped ham, tomatoes and basil to this round of soda bread. It was absolutely delicious and smelled amazing.

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We divided our soda bread recipe into nine individual scones here and topped them with a variety of seeds, cranberries and grated cheese. They were divine and it was hard not eat more than one or two.

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There are so many things you can add to this versatile bread. Sultanas, nuts, chocolate chips and wild garlic to name just a few.

We are looking forward to sharing more recipes, things to do in Dublin, good news and events which we attend during 2017 with you here on the blog. Thanks, as always, for reading!

Till the next time!

 

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