A light, easy bread, smother with blackberry jam and serve with a cup of coffee for Elevenses.
Serves: Serves 4 generously
Ready in: Prep: 10- 15 minutes Cook: 35-40 minutes
250g/9oz strong white bread flour
200g/7oz spelt flour
Pinch of salt
2 tspn baking powder
100g/4oz roughly chopped apples (cored & peeled)
100g/4oz Saxonshires, grated
100ml/½ cup rapeseed oil
250ml/1 cup Guinness or porter
1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF/230°C/Gas 8 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
2. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the flours, oats, salt and baking powder. Add the chopped apple and 100g/4oz of the cheese and mix in. Make a well in the centre.
3. Combine the oil and Guinness and pour into the dry ingredients.
4. The next stage is the most important part of making good soda bread: the less you handle the mixture, the lighter and tastier the loaf will be. ‘Feather’ your hand out like a giant fork and gently combine the ingredients. This should take no more than a minute and the mixture should only just be combined.
5. Put plenty of flour on your work surface and tip your mixture out on to it. Shape the dough into a round (don’t knead it, just pat it into shape).
6. Transfer it to the baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and well risen.
Serve with blackberry jam and fresh cup of ground coffee.