My 5 year old son and I love Nadia Hussain – former Bake Off Winner and all round loveable mum – so we made the delicious, slightly sweet soda bread from her World Book Day book Bake Me A Story. The great thing about soda bread is that you don’t have to knead it, it is just a matter of mixing the ingredients and patting the dough in to a rough ball. It was easy and we all loved it with a spread of butter! We replaced the dried blueberries with raisins as we had them at home already.
My son tends to help a little then run off, then help a little more and run off, before declaring he is tired. Which is fine, because every second helping out counts. He helped tipping in and mixing the ingredients, cutting a cross in the loaf before baking, and tapping on the bottom of the loaf to check it was cooked (it should make a hollow sound).
Here is the recipe!
Orange and Raisin Soda Bread (makes one loaf)
400g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
50g caster sugar
2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
100g raisins/dried cranberries/dried blueberries
Grated zest of 2 oranges
1 large egg
185ml buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk you can easily make it by mixing milk with lemon juice – mostly milk topped up with lemon juice to 185ml – it might curdle and that’s fine)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, oil, raisins and orange zest until combined. Separately beat the egg with the buttermilk then pour in to the bowl with the other ingredients, and mix with a spatula. Gently bring the dough together to form a ball, but don’t overwork it (you may need to use your hands at the end).
Place the dough on the lined tray and make two deep cuts in the top in a cross shape, nearly all the way through. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the loaf is golden and sounds hollow when taped on the base.
Leave to cool then enjoy with butter! Should last 2-3 days and can be toasted.