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Brown soda bread

Here’s a traditional Irish recipe for Saint Patrick’s day – brown soda bread. No kneading, simplicity at its best and so tasty. Enjoy !

Brown bread/ pain complet irlandais ??

450g wholemeal flour/farine complète

65g white flour/farine

225g porridge/flocons d’avoine

Pinch of salt/ une pincée de sel

2 1/2 teasp bread soda/ 2 et 1/2 cuillères à café de bicarbonate de soude

1 litre buttermilk/lait ribot

Topping – 2 tsp sesame seeds/graines de sésame ou une mélange

Preheat the oven to 230 degrees centigrade/Préchauffez le four à 230 degrés

Mix all ingredients together (except the sesame seeds) and pour into cake tins (I line them with baking parchment)/ Mélanger tous les ingrédients (sauf les graines de sésame) et mettre dans des moules à cake (préparés avec du papier cuisson)

Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top./ saupoudrer de grains de sésame.

Place in oven for 10 minutes before reducing to 140 degrees. Continue baking for 1 hour./ Mettez au four à 230 pendant 10 minutes et réduisez à 140. Continuez la cuisson pendant 1 heure.

Mix all and pour into cake tins. Bake at 230 for 10 mins then 140 for 1 hour.

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Black Olive Tapenade

Perfect on crostini and washed down with a nice Rosé in this fine weather

250g/10ozs. black olives
50g/2 ozs. anchovy fillets
1 tablsp. capers
2 cloves garlic, crushed
15g/1/2 oz. basil, chopped
zest and juice of 1 lemon
200ml/12 tablsp. extra virgin olive oil

In a food processor, whiz together the olives, the anchovies and the capers.
Add garlic, basil, lemon zest and juice, then the oil.
Season with pepper.

(NOTE: the tapenade will keep for up to one month in the fridge)

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Camembert in its box

Choose Camembert in a wooden box. Remove from its wrapper and soak the box to prevent burning. Cut barely through the skin into 8 (makes peeling back the skin easier later)

Arrange the Camembert in its wooden box on in a small baking pot. Bake in a preheated oven to 180C/360F (oven fan 160C) for 15-20 mins. Remove from the oven, peel back the skin and serve with crusty bread, apple slices, walnuts etc

You could also place the Camembert in its box into a bonfire – just for minutes.

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Treacle and Walnut bread

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/450ºF

Mix the following dry ingredients in a large bowl

1. 16ozs/400g wholemeal flour

4ozs /100g porridge

4 ozs/100g walnuts, crushed lightly

4 ozs/100g brown sugar (3 if you prefer but you do need some sugar)

2 teaspoons bread soda

2. In a jug whisk together

2 eggs

6fl ozs/150g treacle

16 fl ozs/ 400ml milk

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the liquid ones.

Mix in. Add to greased loaf tins and bake at 180ºC/450ºF for 45 minutes.

Great with cheeses and chutneys.

Un délice !!

Bon appétit


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