Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Cornmeal Soda Bread

Oven: 200 deg.C - preheated
Baking time: approximately 30 mins. (maybe longer)
6 ozs. fine cornmeal
6 ozs. self-raising flour (plus extra if dough is too sticky, and also for kneading)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. bi-carbonate of soda
1/2 pt. full fat milk + 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
(dried herbs of choice - optional)
little knob of soft butter

1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl
2. Add the wet ingredients and gather together to make your dough. If it's a little too sticky, add some more flour, or just sprinkle a goodly amount of flour on your worktop and knead gently until dough feels soft and not too sticky.
3. Place on a baking tray, make a shallow cross in the top, and spread some of the butter over.
4. Bake until bread feels firm - check underside - tap for a hollow sound - which usually means it's done :)

this is really easy to make and tastes delicious warm :)
The only slight problem with Soda Bread is that it is really best on the day you make it.  It doesn't keep that well. If it does go hard you can either toast it - - -  or make croutons or breadcrumbs and store these for future use.

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