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Slices of Ancient Grains : Barleymeal Soda Bread
Breads, Soda Bread

Ancient Grains Bread : Barleymeal Soda Bread

This week I have been making soda bread using barley flour. Bread made entirely from barley quickly goes dry but has an excellent flavour. It is generally mixed with other grains (usually wheat) to make a loaf with more volume and better keeping quality. Barley has a low gluten content […]

Whole Ancient Grains Breads Rye Soda Bread
Breads, Soda Bread

Ancient Grains Bread : Rye Soda Bread

I have been making Rye Soda Bread this week as part of my Ancient Grains Bread series. Soda breads are very simple to make as they don’t require kneading or proving – you use bicarbonate of soda along with an acid to make the bread rise instead of yeast. If […]

Whole Wheaten Soda Bread with cross in the top.
Breads, Soda Bread

Wheaten Soda Bread

Wheaten Soda Bread is a simple, delicious, yeast free bread. It gets its name because it is leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. It is also known as brown soda bread or wholemeal soda bread. My Irish grandmother made her soda bread using traditional buttermilk ie: the liquid left […]

White Soda Bread cut in half with red casserole pot in the background.
Soda Bread, Breads

White Soda Bread

White Soda Bread is a great place to start if you are baking your own bread for the first time. It is a very simple, easy bread to make. It really is the quickest of all breads – no kneading, no proving and it tastes so good! If you would […]

Whole Tipsy Cake on a serving plate with holly in the background.
Cakes, Pudding

Tipsy Cake

Traditionally Tipsy Cake is made in a bowl with the sponge cake cut in pieces, soaked in alcohol and then smothered in whipped cream – a simpler version of trifle. My version of Tipsy Cake is actually a cake that you can cut into slices and is a quickly made […]