Lorraine Pascale’s Soda Bread

If you haven’t been watching Lorraine Pascale’s new show Baking Made Easy (BBC2 Mondays at 8.30pm), I have one question for you. Why not? I’ve been watching with himself (who usually leaves the room when a cooking show comes on) and so far it’s fab. During each demonstration he keeps asking me, “Are you watching what she’s doing? Are you?” and has mentioned (once or twice!) that he’d like me to make quite a few things that she’s shown. So this morning I placed my order with Amazon for a copy of the book 🙂 (from whom I have just received an email to say it’s been dispatched and I should have it in a couple of days!!)

After the first episode I wrote down the recipe for her Soda Bread from the BBC website into one of my many recipe notebooks and this morning set about helping child #2 to make it. There’s a few more photos than I would normally post, that’s because as soon as he started mixing I got my orders to go and get the camera. See, taking photos of the food we cook is beginning to be a normal thing for us now!!

Oh and apparently I’m like Katy from I Can Cook (I wish!)

p.s. Couple of things about what we did with this bread, I didn’t have any treacle in and had already started so I left it out (I did see a tweet from Lorraine last week saying it was ok to do so) Also, I always bake soda bread in a tin as my lot always argue over who has more bread so we get equal(ish) sized slices (we are sad aren’t we?!)

Lorraine Pascale’s Soda Bread

370g plain flour

130g wholemeal flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tsp salt

40g melted butter

1tbsp black treacle

300-340ml butter milk


Preheat oven to 200ºC

Place the flours, bread soda and salt into a large bowl and stir together. 


Make a large hole in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the melted butter, treacle and enough buttermilk to make a loose sticky dough. 


Tip the dough onto a floured surface (the dough will be quite sticky) Knead for about a minute and shape into a large ball with a taught top.


Place the dough on a baking tray, flatten it a bit with a rolling pin. Mark the bread with a floured wooden spoon handle, making a cross. (as I mentioned above, we put ours in a greased and floured loaf tin so made a horizontal mark instead)


Bake for 30-40 minutes or until brown, has risen well and the dough inside the cross is not damp (test this with a clean metal skewer)


The bread was so good, child #2 promptly ate 4 slices with cheese for his lunch. He then declared his bread to be delicious and that he’s a good chelf!


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