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March's Chef


Angela Drane

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread



Angela's recipe is Irish soda bread for St Patrick's day on March 17th.

Irish soda bread was first created in the late 1830's. Due to the financial strife and lack of access to ingredients, the inspiration was one of necessity in order to make the most of the basic and inexpensive ingredients available. Even families living in the most remote areas were able to create this simple and filling dish

1) preheat the oven to 210c and place a large baking sheet in to heat
2) mix the egg into the butter,milk
3) mix all the dry ingredients together, then stir in the raisins if using
4) add the butter in, and using your hands work until the mix is pea sized breadcrumbs
5) mix in the wet ingredients to form a wet, sticky dough, don’t overwork the dough
6) place the dough onto the preheated sheet and cut a deep cross in the top of the round
7) cook for about 45-55 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and hollow on the bottom when tapped
8) leave to cool on a wire rack
9) serve with butter , or butter and jam, ,preferably while still warm

VARIATION; you could make a savoury loaf by omitting the raisins and sugar, but adding 150g extra mature cheddar, and / a few chives or spring onions

Cooking Time: approx 1.20hr

Angela says:
I have worked in catering since I was 15, and been mostly self employed. After moving to Garrigill from Lancashire in 2020, I sold my pies, pasties and cakes from The Top Cafe in Alston, and they were always very popular, so I have stuck with that theme, after all, who doesn't like a pie!

I now mostly sell wholesale, but would like to do more markets, especially in Alston, so watch out for information on her Facebook page.!

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420ml of buttermilk ( 60p)

1 egg (30p)

530g plain flour, plus more for your hands (30p)

38g granulated sugar (20p)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

70g cold, cubed butter (40p)

150g raisins or sultanas (50p) this is optional

Makes 1 loaf, but you could make 2, and freeze one of them

Portions: 2 loaves

Angela's Kitchen Tip

Homemade Buttermilk

TIP for any recipe that calls for buttermilk, simply squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the milk, and leave to stand for
half an hour

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