If you are searching for a bit of soul food
then you could do worse than trying my recipe
for bread and music to get you through a winter's day...
The key ingredients for me were Irish soda bread (taking less than an hour from brain wave to taste bud) and Rodriguez playing in my ears.
Not Soda Bread again you groan.
Yes I did give you a recipe here... but today I am back with a new and more delicious version that I discovered thanks to Darina Allen's Forgotten Skills cookbook.
Irish Soda Bread
400 g stoneground wholemeal flour
75 g rolled oats (or porridge oats)75g plain white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 teaspoon honey, treacle or brown sugar
425ml buttermilk (or soured whole milk) approx
sesame/sunflower seeds optional
- Preheat oven to 200C / gas 6 / 400F
- Brush inside of loaf tin 23 x12.5 x 5cm (9 x 5 x 2inch) with oil or line with silicone paper.
- Put all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Whisk the egg together with oil, honey and buttermilk in a separate bowl.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour all the liquid in.
- Mix well, you may need to add more buttermilk/milk. The key is to keep the mixture soft and slightly sloppy. No kneading required.
- Pour the mix into the tin. Sprinkle with seeds on top.
- Bake for about 50 mins - 1 hour until the bread is crusty and sounds hollow when knocked.
This bread keeps really well for several days and is so good toasted too.
Happily he was satisfied with the result, if not with the portion size I gave him!
After watching the movie "Searching for Sugar Man" this week, I just want to encourage you all to go see and be intrigued by the remarkable story and entranced by the fabulous music.
Let me know what you think... bread/movie/music/always great to hear from you.