Monday, 18 July 2016

Onion and oregano white soda bread

This recipe is so quick and easy. It makes a delicious loaf that's great with soup or stew, and you can use it for sandwiches the day after. It doesn't keep very well, but that's not a problem as it gets eaten up straight away!

350g plain flour
50g self raising flour
2 heaped tsp onion granules
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicaronate of soda
1 tsp sugar
330ml buttermilk

If you can't find buttermilk, you can make your own really easily. Just add two tablespoons of lemon juice to the 330ml of milk, and give it a stir. The lemon juice sours the milk and makes it a bit thicker.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 8 / 230 C - very hot.
Sift the flour and add the rest of the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, give it all a quick stir with a spoon.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk. 
Bring together quickly to form a sloppy, wet dough. Do not over mix or your loaf will be tough!
Turn the dough on to a baking sheet, and scrape it into a round. 
Sprinkle some flour on the top, and slash three times with a sharp knife.
Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the heat down to gas mark 6 / 200 C, and bake for a further 25-35 minutes.
When ready, the loaf will sound hollow when tapped underneath.
Leave to cool on a wire rack - and don't worry if it feels tough, it softens when cooled.

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I'm looking forward to trying different flavours.

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