Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Soda bread recipe

The other day I ordered a copy of Marguerite Patten's 'Cookery in Colour'. Every generation of my family has one of these and it is filled with recipes that range from the wondrous Roman sandwich boat to the frankly disgusting anchovy stuffed eggs. For me and my family, it is the first stop for any culinary related questions and when we found some sour milk at the back of the fridge, I knew exactly where to look. This recipe may put some people off as it uses sour milk but I can promise that you cannot taste it once the bread has been cooked.


* 25g/1oz margarine

* 225g/ 8oz plain flour

* Pinch of salt

* 1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

* 142 ml/ ¼ pint of sour milk

Rub the margarine into the flour

Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda into the sour milk and add to the flour along with the salt.

This does look pretty vile but I promise it ends up tasting divine! Knead lightly and form into a round loaf. Using a knife, lightly score across the loaf to make it easier to divide up when cooked.

Place on a baking sheet and bake in the centre of a hot oven 240°C/ 475°F / Gas Mark 8 for 15 minutes then lower the heat to 190°C/ 375°F/ Gas Mark 5 and bake for a further 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy hot out of the oven with butter and jam! I love recipes like this that are so easy to do but also use up ingredients that otherwise would have been thrown away. 

Do you have a 'cooking bible'? What's your favourite thrifty recipe?


Anonymous said...

the sour milk doesn't even put me off, this looks lush!

Lisa said...

This looks really good, but I'm not sure if I can do the whole sour milk thing! Love your bread making posts, I've been trying to find that Sainsbury's sun dried tomato bread mix since you're blogged about it, but no luck :( Looking forward to more food related posts! x

faye said...

oooo im gonna have to try this! i love making fresh bread it tastes lush and fills my house with a lovely aroma!

Gem said...

mmm I'de love a nice warm slice of that with butter on!

Joy said...

Wow, that looks super yummy! I will definitely have to give this a go :) xx

t said...

Looks really good!

daisychain said...

Mary Berry is godess of baking books. Oh yes. I worship at her feet.

That said,
I might cheat on her to make this.

Leia said...

That looks absolutely delicious!


Susie said...

Ooh, this looks so yummy! There is NOTHING better than fresh bread, it is seriously the most delicious thing ever! My cooking bible tends to be Sophie Dahl's cookbook...probably because it's the only cookbook I own! xoxoox

Gillian said...

Mmm this looks delicious! It's been ages since I've baked anything, this is making me want to spend all afternoon in the kitchen now!

Louder than Silence said...

I've never cooked with sour milk, might have to give it a try after seeing this! Sally x

Megan said...

oh yum, this looks delicious! my favourite receipes are from Womens Weekly cook books they are really easy.

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

Yours looks so much better than mine have ever turned out! x hivenn

Anonymous said...

omg I love soda bread! Food monster recipe saved! xx


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