The excesses of the festive season have resulted in some excesses in the tummy region... for more than one of us in this household. So in the spirit of January there has been some resolving to eat more fruit and veg and less cake.
But the desire to bake is a strong one, so instead of cake today I've made bread. A good healthy soda bread...
The perfect accompaniment to a bowl of fresh vegetable soup.
Except it tastes so good and I've eaten so much of it I think I might have been better off with cake!
Should you wish to join me in pretending to be virtuous... my recipe:
Put 500g strong bread flour in a large bowl (I use 350g wholemeal and 150g strong white). Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda. Rub in 30g of cold butter. Stir in enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. The amount needed will depend on the flour used (wholemeal flour soaks up more liquid) but it should be between 280 - 420 ml (10-15 fl oz). Knead until smooth and shape into a flat disc. Put onto a baking tray, mark the top with a cross and bake at 220 deg C for about 35 minutes.
with lashings of butter and jam
Best eaten within 24 hours.