This last week or so I've been experimenting with making soda bread for the girls and me to eat at lunch time.
I hate going to the shops so the best option for me is to make it! Trouble is I normally only realise I need it when we come to eat it. No time then to let the yeast do it's work and prove the dough.
Soda bread always sounded like a good option. but when I tried it first of all it was far too bitter. I followed the recipe from River Cottage Bread book but it uses four teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, it turns out that this makes it so bitter it's inedible. Evalyn pushed her plate away and said "I don't like", I didn't like either.
So I searched the internet for a better recipe and to figure out where I was going wrong. In the end I did my usual thing of bastardising a recipe and then messing with it until it tastes nice and turns out good every time.
Here is what I've come up with so far:
500g white flour,
teaspoon of salt,
Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of soda,
350ml milk with a teaspoon of lemon juice in,
Extra flour for dusting,
Crank the oven up to max with your bread stone in.
Add the lemon juice to the milk to make it sour.
Sieve the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and mix together well.
Add the milk and mix quickly, kneed for a short while (minute) to pull it all together.
Split it in two, dust it with flour and then slap it on the bread stone.
Turn the oven down to 200 degrees and wait for 30 minute for it to cook.
It should sound hollow when you pick it up and tap it's bottom.
Eat it while it's still warm with butter and peanut butter. this bread goes stale really quickly.
Anyone else got any good instant bread recipes or other soda recipes? I've heard adding oats or an egg can make a difference as well.