Thursday, 20 August 2015

GBBO Week 3 - Mediterranean Soda Bread

Anyone else completely blown away by the bread lion?! As much as I would have loved to turn my kitchen into a bread heaven this week, time and health were not on my side. A weekend in London, followed swiftly by a hit of the serious sniffles means my energy levels are somewhere close to a cheapo battery with barely a charge!

Luckily for me this week's theme was bread - more specifically quick bread (no yeast) for the signature bake. I wanted to move away from the technical challenges, so this suited me perfectly. As lovely as soda bread is, I think it needs added flavourings to give it a lift, I went for a Mediterranean theme, but of course like the bakers this week, you can go with anything you fancy.

Soda bread needs buttermilk to react with the Bicarb to give it a rise. If you can't find buttermilk, stir in 1 tbs of white wine vinegar for every 250ml of milk. Leave to stand for 5 minutes before using. Alternatively 200ml of regular plain yogurt to 50ml of milk will also work well.

Mediterranean Soda Bread 




This will make enough for two 10cm round loaves, or one round loaf & 12 mini loaves.

10-20 large fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (I used 12 and got a very subtle flavour)
300g ground wholemeal flour
410g plain white flour
1.5tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
175g Red Leicester cheese cut into small cubes (feta would also work well)
50g pitted green olives, sliced
50g sun blushed tomatoes, sliced
450ml buttermilk or buttermilk substitute.

Preheat your oven to 180C/Fan oven 170C/Gas 4.

If you are making mini loaves flour your tin and place a small rectangle of baking parchment into the bottom of each hole.

In a large bowl mix the basil and wholemeal flour, before adding sieved plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Mix together, before adding the other dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk and mix until you get a soft dough.



Turn out onto a floured surface and knead only until the dough fully comes together.

Shape into your desired loaves. If making round loves cut deep cuts into the top to form a cross.



Bake for 20-30 minutes for small loaves, 35-45 minutes for larger ones. When they are ready they will sound hollow if you tap the base.



Let them rest for 10 minutes before cutting.





Next week - Desserts


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19 comments:

  1. what a gorgeous colour your various breads are! The mini versions are so cute - perfect for picnics and lunch boxes.
    thank you for linking up xx

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    1. Thank you Jenny - the little ones didn't last long!

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  2. What a great idea to make mini soda bread - they look so good! And fabulous flavours - the sort of thing hubby & I would go for.
    Angela x

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    1. Thank you Angela - I'm obsessed with my mini loaf tin! I think I'll be making big batches and freezing them ready for winter soups & stews!

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  3. These are some of my favourite flavours - basil. cheese and olives, so I'm loving the look of these, especially the cute mini loaves.

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    1. Thank you Liz, I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

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  4. Oh I love your mini loaf pan! They look lovely

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    1. Thank you Louise - I love my pan too...Tesco's are doing them for half price at the mo - only a fiver x

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  5. I agree with you, the lion was amazing, the amount of details it had was impressive. I like your soda bread, it must be delicious with Mediterranean flavours. I baked a soda bread too (and baguettes) and it was so much better than shop bough one. I'm baking a new one today, they are so good.

    Did you had issues with my linky? I see you have the badge and this is why I ask x

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    1. Thank you Anca. I'm all linked up with you now - a cold stopped me in my tracks last week so I'm on catch up now!

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    2. I hope you feel better now x

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  6. I love the look of those mini loaves, would be great for a picnic. x

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    1. Thanks Cathy - I think it'll be an indoor picnic looking at our weather today! x

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  7. These are so cute. I agree that soda bread is made better by adding more flavours. Mmm mmm mmm.

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    1. Thank you Bluebird, there are so many flavours that I want to try out now!

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  8. I really love the tiny little loaves! such a great idea and so cute :) Other than the olives (I'm not a fan!!) it looks fantastic! :) Alice xx

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  9. I don't know which I love the most the loaf or the mini loaves - they look fantastic!

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  10. I like the idea of mini-loaves! x

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  11. I love the flavour combination and the mini-loaves are the CUTEST THING! :)

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