Sun-Dried Tomato and Fresh Herb Soda Bread

This is a basic white soda recipe with the addition of semi sun-dried tomatoes and herbs. It makes a really delicious bread perfect for serving with a good cheese or simply on its own with a nice spread of butter. This can also be baked in a 2lb loaf tin if you prefer.

I love to use semi sun-dried tomatoes in this bread but they are also good in sandwiches as they are so much moister than sun-dried tomatoes. They are available in any good deli. I picked up some pre-packed in SuperValu that tasted pretty good.

 I used sage and thyme but any herb of your choice can be used.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Fresh Herb Soda Bread

450g (1lb) plain white flour, preferably unbleached
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
60g semi sun-dried tomatoes
1 tbsp freshly chopped sage and thyme
400ml (14 fl oz) buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 230ºC / 400ºF / gas mark 9.
2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large, wide bowl, add the tomatoes and herbs and make a well in the centre. Pour in the milk. Using the fingers of one hand, stiff and outstretched like a claw, or using a fork stir from the centre to the edge of the bowl in concentric circles. The dough should be softish, but not too wet and sticky. When it all comes together, turn out on to a well-floured work surface.
3. Wash and dry your hands. Pat the dough into a tidy shape and flip over gently, then pat it into a round about 4cm (1 and 1/2 inches) thick. Gently transfer to a floured baking tray. Cut a deep cross into the loaf and prick the centre of each quarter to 'let the fairies out'.
4. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 200ºC/370ºF/Gas Mark 6 and bake for a further 30 minutes or until cooked. If you are in doubt tap the bottom of the bread: it should sound hollow. Cool on a wire rack.



This bread is gorgeous, the only problem is you cant stop at one slice!!!!!!!