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How to make brown soda bread

Brown Soda Bread Straight from the oven
No yeast, so no rising time. Simple and wholesome.
Ingredients
• 3 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
• 1 large egg, beaten
Honey (optional)
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F). Mix the flour, bread soda and salt together in a bowl. Combine the egg with the buttermilk and honey then mix into the flour. Add a little more buttermilk if the mixture is dry – it should be a soft dough. Then pour the lot into a lightly oiled loaf tin. Sprinkle the sesame seeds or porridge oats over the top of the loaf if using. Bake for 45-50 minutes. To know when it is cooked simply tap the bottom of the loaf – it will sound hollow when it is fully cooked. Remove from the tin and wrap in a clean tea towel while cooling. This will keep the crust soft.

Brown Bread

How to Make coddle

How to make ‘Coddle’, sometimes known as Dublin Coddle. Traditionally made with left overs, this is real comfort food. The word Coddle can mean to slowly cook something or treat someone in an indulgent way or pamper. It’s made with bacon, sausages, potatoes, stock, maybe carrots (depending on who you talk to).

Ingredients

  • thick cut bacon
  • pork sausages
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 875g (1 3/4lb) potatoes, thickly sliced
  • large handful curly parsley, chopped
  • carrots (optional)
  • 2 pints of stock

Method

  1. Brown the sausages and bacon in a frying pan for a few minutes. Place half the sausages and bacon in the bottom of a large, oven proof casserole 
  2. Add half the onions, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper. Add another layer of meat and vegetables, season to taste 
  3. Cover with a lid and cook in a slow oven (180 degress, gas mark 3) for about 2 hours
  4. Remove the lid for the last 30 minutes and dot the top layer with butter (this allows the top layer to colour and crisp up)