Friday, 7 June 2013

A Perfect start to Father’s Day

Delicious Wheaten Bread 
Still thinking what to get for Dad on Fathers Day? Here’s a recipe from a neighbour to get Dad’s day off to a good start. The family has routes in Northern Ireland and this recipe is a firm family favourite with all the generations including the youngest members. It’s fast becoming a favourite in our house too. It’s a delicious Ulster Wheaten Bread made with Soda bread flour and wholemeal flour and has a moist, nutty texture. This recipe makes 2 small loaves.
Wheaten Bread
12 oz/340g coarse wholemeal flour
8 oz/225g soda bread flour (or use strong plain flour with 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda)
4 oz/110g caster sugar
2 tsps salt
3 fl oz/75ml olive oil or 3 oz/75g soft margarine (or a mixture of both)
1 egg
1 pint/20fl oz/575ml buttermilk
Mix well
Preheat the oven to 180C (160C Fan), Mark 4, 350F. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and mix well together. Divide the mixture between 2 greased tins (or line with loaf tin liners/greaseproof paper). Bake for 35-45 minutes.

It’s delicious served with butter or toasted for breakfast.  You can add seeds, nuts or dried fruit. I’m going to try it with dried apricots.
 Healthy start to a perfect day for Dad
Indulge Dad with this healthy treat – he might even start making it himself just like my neighbour! Tell us if you try this out or have any other regional recipes to share …

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