Wednesday, 27 September 2017

British Food Fortnight Recipe 2 - Caramelised Shallot Soda Bread withHerby Butter

We continuing with our British Food Fortnight recipes, and our next one is from This caramelised shallot soda bread looks amazing - just looking at the photo is making me hungry! I bet it smells lovely when it's warm - you can't beat the smell of freshly baked bread!

Caramelised Shallot Soda Bread with Herby Butter

This easy soda bread with caramelised shallots is a delicious accompaniment with cheese or to dip into soup with a slab of herby butter on top! 

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Makes: 1 large loaf
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:  40 minutes 
You’ll need

For the bread:
20g butter
6 shallots, finely sliced
1tbsp brown sugar
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
500g plain white flour
½ tsp salt
2tsp baking powder
60g cheddar cheese, grated
400ml buttermilk

For the butter:
230g butter, at room temperature
Small bunch thyme, leaves picked
Small bunch parsley, finely chopped

What to do

Heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan. Melt the butter in a frying pan and gently cook the shallots, with the lid on for 10 minutes. Add the sugar and vinegar and turn up the heat. Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes so that the shallots caramelised. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder then stir in 50g of the cheese and the shallots.

Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk. Splay your fingers out like a big fork and mix gently but quickly to combine to a dough. To get the lightest bread, minimise the amount you handle the dough. 

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a circle. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet and pat down a little. Scatter with the remaining cheese and cut a large cross, deep into the dough and bake for 40-45 mins until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.

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