Harvest Time Soda Bread – Simply add Milk
This is a great variation on soda bread which can be cooked on the griddle or as I prefer as a harvest plait or twist and bake in the oven. It can be baked plain or with a choice of dried fruit. Add a few raisins, cherries, dried cranberries or blueberries approximately 4-6oz in total, then brush the loaf with beaten egg and sprinkle with flaked almonds or pine nuts before baking.
- 500g/1lb Jenny’s Soda Bread Mix
- Milk (either buttermilk, full cream or semi-skimmed milk to mix to soft dough approx 325ml to 350ml)
- 110-150g/4-6oz dried fruit e.g. raisins, cherries, dried cranberries or blueberries
- 2 dsp olive oil
- 1 egg – lightly beaten
- 50g/2oz flaked almonds or pine nuts (optional)
Sieve the flour mix into a bowl. Add a selection of dried fruits and if you like a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon powder. Add 2 dsp olive oil and milk to mix to a soft dough (approximately 250ml/½pt milk of your choice).
Either roll out and shape into either two round loaves or a bread plait made by cutting the dough into three equal amounts. Roll into strips then use to make a plait. Brush with beaten egg and dust with flaked almonds or pine nuts. Bake in oven @ 180°C/350°F/Gas No 4 for approx 30mins ( as ovens vary ) When baked remove from the oven and wrap in a tea towel and cool slightly.
NB: A large soda should take approximately 25 minutes to cool.