One of life’s great joys is the aroma of freshly baked bread, not to mention, that first lovely fresh slice of bread you’ve baked yourself. I love baking my own bread, from the raw basic ingredients to the end product, it is easy, and so satisfying! I don’t own a breadmaker – I am the breadmaker!! I find baking generally relaxing and therapeutic, and you can’t get much more inbuilt therapy than kneading dough and feeling it transform from a lump to something magically “alive”. To be honest, the kneading is the best part of baking bread. Well, for me it is! The only down side is the time it takes, because you can’t hurry a good loaf of bread.
I have wanted to bake walnut bread for ages – lovely fresh walnut bread with cheese…..heaven! But I couldn’t find the recipe I had kept and so I searched….when suddenly this one caught my eye. Apricot & Walnut Soda Bread. I haven’t baked soda bread before, mainly because it is best on the day of baking, and I prefer my bread to last just a bit longer than a day. But…this one had to be tried, it would be quicker because it is not a yeasted bread, and so I persuaded myself.
Chopped dried apricots, chopped walnuts and the addition of oats to the mixture, made it a nice wholesome bread. The dry ingredients were mixed with the fruit and nuts.
and then a mixture of milk and yoghurt was added and everything mixed gently together. The dough seemed a bit damp to me, but I was hesitant to add more flour in case it toughened the bread, and not having made soda bread before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The mixed dough was turned out on to the baking tray, it was a bit too damp to shape neatly, never mind to make a nice neat cut across the top. But sometimes if you just grit your teeth and pretend it’s not all going wrong, it can still work out, and so into the oven it went.
This is the end result – I prefer to call it “rustic”……………..and the proof is always in the tasting…………
And yes, reader, it worked! Appearances are not always everything. It tasted good, I got the vote of approval from my Kitchen Taster, and now I have a new bread recipe to add to my repertoire.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂