So with it being January and after eating sooooo many sweets, turkey etc (mind you I’m still eating them as it’s still technically the holidays) I was in a bit of a dilemma, what am I going to bake this month that people will eat without feeling guilty???!! So last night I was chatting away to an aunt of mine and decided I’d try my hand at making her version of soda bread. I remember always eating slices of sultana white soda bread at my Granny’s years ago so I was only delighted to make this.
So this is a very easy recipe although it does require a bit of know-how of what’s wet enough etc. I preheated the oven to 200C, fan. I put around 450g/500g of plain flour into a big bowl with 4 leveled teaspoons of baking powder and half a teaspoon of salt.
Then came the messy part, I poured in about 300ml of full fat milk (I put a good drop of water in this too) and using my hand I brought all the ingredients together, I added in 75g of sultanas as well. It should be a wet consistency but not too wet, if it’s too wet add a bit more flour and likewise if you feel it’s too dry add a bit more milk. Then I put it onto a floured surface and shaped it into a round.
I put it on a baking tray and cut a cross, which releases the fairies or wards off the devil from the household, something new I learned today. I put it into the oven for around 45-55 minutes.
I gave it the usual knock, knock test to check that it was done and left it on a wire rack to cool for a while.
Once it had cooled down I cut a slice and spread butter and jam on it and enjoyed it with a cup of tea, yum.
Unfortunately there was some seasoning that was harmed in the making of this recipe, poor parsley never saw it coming, in future I will stand on a chair to take down the baking powder, haha.
Happy baking everyone 🙂