Ronan’s Mediterranean Soda Bread adapted from Darina Allen’s recipe

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This is Ronan Hennessy. He is 16 years old today… happy birthday Ronan !

He loves living on the island and has made a lot of friends and feels very settled here. He plays a lot of sports and especially likes football. Ronan appreciates the warm weather and the island’s mild winters. He also enjoys local food and cooking and last year he attended a Jamie Oliver course.

While I visited the family at their home in the weekend, I chatted with Ronan about Irish food and recipes and we came up with the idea of using Darina Allen‘s original recipe from her book Simply Delicious and adding some ingredients which are very popular on the island.

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We all enjoyed eating the result of Ronan’s Mediterranean Irish Soda bread created by simply adding ground almonds, dried prunes and local thyme honey

You will need :

675g wholemeal flour
450g white flour
30g oatmeal
50g ground almonds
35g destoned dried prunes, chopped up
1 egg
50g butter, I use kerrygold
2 tablespoons honey, we used local thyme honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
750ml buttermilk, Ronan and I used yoghurt

Preheat the oven to 220C

Sieve the flours and combine the oatmeal. Rub in the butter. Add the ground almonds, salt, bicarbonate of soda, salt and mix until even. Add the dried prunes. Beat the egg and honey lightly and stir into the mixture. Finally add the buttermilk or yoghurt and being the dough together without overworking it. Butter a loaf tin and place the dough in it and immediately bake in a hot oven for 45 minutes.

Serve with butter or plain and fresh which is the way we ate it.

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