Quick Soda Bread - Nigel's Lazy Loaf

Nigel Slater's idea of baking the loaf in a preheated cast iron casserole dish is a good one, but I'm thinking the loaf might have a bit more colour round the edge if it was just baking on a baking tray. 

Overall I was really pleased with how this loaf turned out - not being a one for baking and all that.  Using the cast iron casserole did make the loaf cook quick - 25 minutes and it's done!
One thing's for sure, once the loaf was cut and smothered in butter, it tasted good.  Whatever, I would still make it this way again.
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Recipe slightly adapted from Nigel's Simple Supper's but the original recipe can be found at the BBC website.

You will need:

225g wholemeal flour
225g strong bread flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
450ml buttermilk

How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 220C/425F/Gas 8
Put a large casserole dish and its lid into the oven.

Mix the flours in a large mixing bowl along with the salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together with your fingers.  Pour in the buttermilk, bringing the mixture together as a soft dough. You have to work quickly as the bicarbonate of soda will start working immediately, shape the dough into a shallow round loaf about 4cm thick.

Remove the hot casserole dish from the oven and dust the inside lightly with flour then lower in the dough. Pop the lid on and return to the oven.

The bread should be ready after 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and leave in place for 5 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool slightly before eating. Soda bread is best eaten warm.

1 comment

  1. Looks good, I've made yeasted bread in a cast iron casserole but not soda bread. You might like to add this to my blog event 'Dish of the Month' http://farmersgirl.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/dish-of-month-january-2013.html?m=1


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