Sunday, 29 September 2013

Making Irish Soda Bread in a Camper Van - Recipe included

I've been asked recently (hello Rob) to share a bit more about the Irish soda bread I've been making while travelling in Scotland. Well, its all thanks to my friend mark from Belfast, who spent some time with me the day before I left for Scotland, and taught me how to make the Irish Soda Farls using only the ingredients, and what kitchen utensils I already had at hand in the camper van.

I've been sitting on this video footage for a good while, and I've also realised that when traveling, I'm having new experiences every day, and precious little time to sit back and go over the material I have collected, for editing. So for better or worse, I'm going to start sharing some unedited video footage from the trip. Basically if I don't - you'll probably never see it.

So here's one of a number of videos I shot of Mark talking about his bread, and preparing some in my van back in June...


~ Mark's Recipe ~

Soda Bread Farls ~ Griddle Bread

Proportions                              Measurements

2 Cups of Self-Raising Flour / 300g of Self-Raising Flour
1 Cup of Buttermilk / 250g of Buttermilk
1 level Tea-Spoon of Salt / 3 g of Salt

Can swap 1 cup of buttermilk for just under (a little less) of
1 cup of water with a dash of vinegar.

Preheat frying pan.
Cook on medium-hot heat.
When pan browns sprinkled flour, its hot enough.

Hammer mixture together, heel out on board and fashion into scone.

Cook for 5-8 minutes each side, making sure bread does not stick.

I've been using the water and vinegar method mostly, and its been working out well. I also generally halve the ingredients as I don't have a very big pan and then I make about three farls, keeping fresh for a few days. You can also use a splash of beer, instead of the vinegar, and Mark swears by chucking an egg into the mixture too - give it a go, you wont be disappointed!

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