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.