Mark's Bread

It’s Bread Week for the Roddy Great Bake Off. Mark Holme usually earns a crust in dispatch and finishing (and quite frankly, spends quite a lot of time time loafing around), so he’s risen to this week’s challenge.

A little-known fact about Mark is that as well as baking a mean soda bread, he also helps those in ‘knead’, working part time as a bike mechanic for Bury Tandem Club for the Visually Impaired. When we asked Mark where he finds the time – he said ‘It’s the ‘yeast’ he could do….’

Soda bread Ingredients:

  • 250g (8oz) plain flour
  • 250g (8oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 30g (1oz) unsalted butter
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) buttermilk

Sift the flours, baking powder,salt together, then rub the butter into the flour

Make a well in the centre of the mixture & pour in the buttermilk, stir the mix until a soft crumbly dough

Turn out onto a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, takes about 3 minutes

Shape into a 2 inch high, 6 inch diameter flattened round, cut a 1 inch deep cross into the top,dust with flour ,place onto baking papered tray and bake for 35mins at 200'c oven.


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