One of the most exciting things to stumble across in my veg box from Whiteley's Farm in Pudsey (courtesy of the lovely Millies! - see previous post HERE) was a bulb of delightfully potent smoked garlic. I had never come across the stuff before and was extremely excited to experiment with it. What better than to incorporate it into one of my favourite bread recipes? The trusty soda bread...
Ladened with an abundance of beautifully green and fresh flat-leaf parsley, I used this as the complimenting herb in my soda bread. It's flavour really pays homage to the smoky taste of the garlic and adds a nice clean seasonal kick to the bread. Ideally though you can use a handful or two of any fresh herbs in this recipe, depending on what you have to hand or as to your preference of taste.
Smoked Garlic Soda Bread
150g Plain Flour
150g Wholemeal Flour
1 1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
Pinch of Salt
4-6 Cloves of Smoked Garlic (Depending on how intense you want the flavour!)
1-2 handfuls of Freshly Chopped Herbs
1. Heat your oven to 200ºC and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt.
3. Crush the cloves of smoked garlic and chop the herbs and add this to the mixture.
4. Add the buttermilk to the dry ingredients to form a dough and knead gently, forming the dough into a ball.
5. Place the ball of dough onto the baking paper and then with a sharp knife, cut a cross in the top of the dough about an inch deep. Sprinkle with flour and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.