As I write up the recipe for my forthcoming visit with the children in our local Kickstart, it dawned on me I hadn’t shared what we did for our traditional Irish recipe before the St Patrick’s Day/Easter break.
Well, it didn’t go quite to plan…..a rather painful dental appointment meant I couldn’t actually go in so, as to not let my little pals down completely, I did bake some little Soda Bread scones and supply the recipe so they children can get baking in their kitchen at home too.
Soda bread is super easy to bake and the basic soda bread recipe contains only 4 ingredients.
450g Plain White Flour
1 tsp Bread Soda (Bicarbonate Soda)
⦁ Preheat the oven to 220 (200 fan), dust a baking tray with flour or simply place a layer of parchment on it
⦁ Sieve the flour, bread soda and salt into a large bowl.
⦁ Pour in most of the buttermilk, the lightly bring it all together with a wooden spoon. If it appears too dry add more of the buttermilk, too wet, add more flour. This dough tends to be forgiving.
⦁ When the dough comes together, turn it out onto a floured work surface, and bring it together a little more. Pat the dough into a flat round, about 1 1/2-inches deep, cut out scones using scone cutter and place them on the baking tray. Bring the dough back together and repeat the process until you have used it all.
⦁ Transfer the tray to the oven an bake for 15 minutes approximately
If you wish to make a loaf of soda bread instead, when you tip the dough out onto your lightly floured surface and lightly knead it, bring it into a round loaf shape. Transfer it to the baking tray and using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross shape on top; this is so the fairies can escape! Bake the loaf for 10 minutes at 220 (200 fan) then reduce the temperature to 200 (180 fan) and bake for a further 30 minutes. As with the scones, transfer to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy with butter & jam 🙂
This is a great recipe to bake with children, in my experience they all love stirring the milk into the flour and of course, cutting out the scones.