This is probably the last time I'll mention Soda bread (if I can resist), but for the moment, as winter approaches, I still feel as if I'm on a mission.
Home made Soda bread has three great qualities; ease and speed of preparation, delicious taste, and (the one I'm concerned with today) its miniscule cost.
I don't think it's a bread for 'townies'. It's much more for us country folk with our wood burning cookers, and 'ooh-aah' bucolic ways. Those who have easy access to a sophisticated local baker will no doubt be grateful of the fact, and continue with their patronage.
Anyway; about cost. I've now calculated the cost of the 250 gm loaf you see above. It came to a staggering TWENTY TWO CENTIMES. That's about 18 pence UK, or 25 cents US.
Whilst I was at it, I also timed its making. It took all of 10 leisurely minutes to prepare the dough; just enough time for the oven to heat to 200 degrees C. 40 minutes (snoozing time) later I extracted what you see; it was still red hot when I took the photo. Here, once again, are the ingredients.....
200 gms Plain Flour plus 50 gms Oatmeal (blitzed Rolled Oats)
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
½ tsp Salt
1 small pot of plain Yoghurt (125 gms)
Enough milk to form a dough
I also added about half a teaspoon of mixed dried herbs, simply because I like herby bread.