Fran and I watch a lot (meaning every episode) of The Great British Bake Off on BBC. I made a few recipes from the show, and learned many more tips and techniques, especially from the master class episodes.
This morning I made Paul Hollywood’s Wholemeal (whole wheat in the USA) Soda Bread, but with cheddar cheese. It only takes 15 minutes to make the dough and 45 min to bake. Don’t be afraid to bake the full 40 minutes. I found less leaves the center a little underbaked. Like Paul, I mixed everything with my right hand thereby requiring only one bowl to clean. I kept my left hand clean to measure and move stuff as needed.
The end result was a crunchy crusted, chewy, cheesy moist bread. (How is that for alliteration Mr. Buley?)
- 250g/9oz plain wholemeal flour
- 250g/9oz plain white flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 420ml/15fl oz buttermilk
- extra flour for dusting
- 227g sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
In a large bowl, mix together the two types of flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
Add the buttermilk and mix until a sticky dough forms.
- Add and mix the cheese into the dough
Lightly flour a work surface and tip the dough onto it.
Gently roll and fold the dough a couple of times to bring the mixture together. Do not knead.
Shape the dough into a ball. Flatten the ball gently with your hand. Score the dough with a deep cross dividing it into quarters. Cut the dough all the way through then push back together. Dust the bread with flour. ( I actually used corn meal.)
Place onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 40 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas 6. The loaf should be golden-brown.
Leave to cool on a wire rack. This is best eaten on the day of baking.
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