My brother has been extremely helpful in my current desperate straits. Among his many talents is cooking and he provided me with a quick and easy recipe for Soda bread – a particular favourite of mine.
The recipe is as follows:-
- 500 gms flour (harina de trigo) or
- 400 gms UK plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 level tsp cream of tartar
- 25 gm lard (I substituted sunflower oil) or
- 25 gm manteca
- 2 tsp sugar
- 250 ml milk
Mix all the dry ingredients thoroughly and then rub in the lard (oil or manteca) to the texture of bread crumbs (incidentally, this also makes an excelent crumble mix and can be used with cinamon and ground cloves for extra flavour with fruit). Pour the milk onto the mixture (I found that adding it all at once was better than adding it a little at a time) and mix with a fork until it becomes a good heavy dough. Flour your hands and then knead the dough until it is firm and comes away from the bowl cleanly. Kneading the dough is the fun part – my brother will understand if I say that I put much more effort into it if I consider it to be M R W.
Form the dough into a round about 100 to 125mm (4 or 5 inches) thick and bake in a moderate oven (mark 6 if your oven has those grades). On my typical Spanish gas oven, I find that setting the heat control to half way is good. 30 minutes should see a golden brown crust. I am very pleased with my second effort (pictured) which was absolutely delicious!