With the fabulous abundance of British apples right now I was sent a voucher by Sainsbury’s to buy myself some. My personal favourites are Coxes with their intensely sweet flavour so these are the ones I plumped for. I ummed and aahed as to what I should make with my apples and after a rummage in the kitchen cupboards and fridge I decided to make Soda Bread as it had long been on my to do list and I’d also just made some Plum and Apple Jam which would go with it perfectly (recipe to be posted soon). If I’d have had Apple Cider I would have used that but I only had Pear Cider and I think it worked perfectly. The family certainly enjoyed it!
I think this bread is so versatile as it can be eaten with jam for a sweet treat for tea or breakfast or with cheese at lunch time.
As this recipe is perfectly suited to breakfast I am entering the Breakfast Club Challenge (where the theme is fruit this month) run by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and being hosted this month by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy. Next I’m entering Tea Time Treats where the theme is bread and is run by Karen at Lavender & Lovage and Kate at What Kate Baked who is hosting this month. Finally I am entering Javelin W/arrior’s Made With Love Mondays challenge as this bread is totally made from scratch.
- 250g Plain strong flour
- 250g Wholegrain spelt flour
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 400 mls Pear cider
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Eating apple (Cox is good) peeled and diced small
- Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.
- Combine the flours, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder in a bowl.
- Mix in the apple.
- Pour in the cider and combine to form a dough (you might want to oil your hand).
- It will be a wet dough but you might need to add a little more flour.
- Tip onto a well floured work top and knead for 1 minute. (Do not overwork the dough or you will lose all the gases that are going to make this loaf rise in the oven).
- Form the dough into a round, dust with spelt flour and score a cross into the top.
- Place on a floured baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. (If it makes a hollow sound when base is knocked it’s ready).
- Place on a cooling rack.