Soda Bread

An Irish friend from work gave me this recipe a while ago and I always make it when I have friends staying over or when I fancy something a little special for breakfast at the weekend.

I usually top it with cream cheese and slices of tomato but it’s also really tasty with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

It’s really fast and easy to make with very little mess.

Irish soda farls 

250g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250ml buttermilk

preheat a frying pan on a low heat • place the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl • mix well • make a well in the middle • pour in the buttermilk • mix well • knead lightly in the bowl • place the dough onto a lightly floured surface • form into a flattened circle about a fingers depth • with a large sharp knife cut the circle into quarters • transfer the quarters onto the hot pan • cook for 8 minutes on each side until they are golden and crispy • ensure there’s no doughy bits on the edges by just toasting each edge for a few seconds • remove from the pan • cut in half them add a generous layer of cream cheese and slices of tomatoes

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