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Soda Bread

Well with it being St Patrick's day this week I thought what would be more appropriate than a good soda bread and possible an Irish Stew tomorrow.

St Patrick's day has a special meaning for me as my gorgeous niece was born on this day 2 years ago. She's such a lovely little girl and she brings delight to everyone who meets her.
300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
200ml buttermilk
75ml milk 
1 tablespoon lemon juice  

You will also need a solid baking tray.     

Preheat the oven to 220c/425f/Gas mark 7.

Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, combine and make a well in the centre. 
Mix the buttermilk, milk and lemon juice in a jug.

Pour the wet ingredients into the flour, and mix together using a wooden spoon or spatula until the dough starts to come together.

Lightly dust the work surface with a little plain flour and tip the dough out of the bowl and lightly knead, roll the dough into a small disc, then shape into a round loaf, do not overwork the dough as this will result in tough bread. 

Place the loaf on the baking tray and using a knife score a cross in the top.

Reduce the oven temperature to 200c/400f/Gas mark 6 and bake the soda bread on the middle shelf for about 20-22 minutes until the loaf is well-risen, golden and will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.