Sometimes you need to understand that baking isn’t that difficult, it fact it can be easy to quote Lorriane Pascale’s in her new series on BBC two, so I decided to try her easiest bread recipe ever!
370g/13oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
130g/4½oz wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
40g/1½oz butter, melted
1 tbsp black treacle
300–340ml/11–12fl oz buttermilk (or alternatively use warm milk plus 1 tbsp lemon juice)
Preheat the oven to 200C, put the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl and stir together. Make a large hole in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the melted butter and treacle, plus enough of the buttermilk to make a loose sticky dough.
Tip the dough onto a lightly dusted work surface, and knead for one minute, then shape it into a large ball, smooth top. Place the dough on a baking tray, Take a wooden spoon, put some flour over the whole handle, then hold it horizontally over the bread. This mark is the first half of the trademark soda bread cross. Repeat with a line at right angles to this.
Dust with some flour then bake in the oven for 30–40 minutes, or until the bread is brown, has risen nicely and the dough inside where the cross was made is not damp.
We ate this straight fresh from the oven with butter and jam. Lorriane, states that this bread does not keep well, so is best eaten on the day that it is baked – So later that evening, we toasted it and dipped it in olive oil and balsamic which was delicious.