Level of difficulty: simple.
The Jim score: Unknown because he hasn’t ever had soda bread before, but top marks from guest judges R and G.
And yet again it’s been a really long time. SIX months in fact – that this coincides with the length of time I’ve been in my new job kind of tells you how the transition has been.
So finally I planned in a free day at home and after reading that this challenge would be a doddle, felt rather pleased that it was something I could start and finish in a jiffy. I did some minimal research for recipes, looking at Felicity Cloake’s perfect soda bread, one from Delia’s archive and they both had too many ingredients which meant I would have to use my overworked brain, so from pure laziness I used the most simple and straight forward recipe I could find. That was Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall’s. 15 minutes prep time, 40-45 minutes baking and DONE. And he wasn’t lying. It was just the ticket to reintroduce me to challenges.
250g plain flour
250g wholemeal flour (I fancied a bit more texture than just plain white)
Teaspoon of salt
400g of live culture, greek yoghurt
2 generous teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda