I originally said I was going to make peanut butter cookies, but a mixture of things meant that I changed my mind (which I can do, because it’s my challenge!) I decided that, as we were snowed in and had a lovely carton of soup in the fridge, that I’d make some soda bread. Again, my recipe is from Paul Hollywood’s book.
Soda bread is one of those recipes I’ve always felt I should learn as I (along with, y’know, most of the world, it seems) have Irish blood in me. What put me off eating it before was the fact that when it’s in the shops, it looks dry and sad. This recipe is anything but!
It’s also much less faff than the bread I made a couple of weeks ago. Because your raising agent is bicarbonate of soda rather than yeast, you don’t have to spend loads of time proving etc. The recipe for this was basically: flour, bicarb and salt, mix together with buttermilk, make into a ball shape (ish), whack in oven. Dead simple and took half an hour to cook. I remembered the ‘well-done-ness’ of the last loaf and kept an eye on it to avoid the blackening.
I think, should you be caught up in the zombie apocalypse, this would be the bread you’d probably make. Fast and easy- I reckon I could memorise this fairly quickly- it produces a lovely, chewy bread that happily went very well with our posh soup.
What have you baked lately?