Adam Bennett's simple soda bread recipe is well-complemented by his strawberry jam. The jam is safe for kids to get involved in making, as no actual cooking is involved - just some squishing and setting. Prepare the jam right before going to bed to serve with the freshly-baked soda bread the morning after.

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Method
1.
In a bowl, crush the strawberries and stir in the sugar and lemon juice. Leave to stand for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes
Room for a little one
Children can crush the strawberries and mix in the lemon juice and sugar. It’s a fun activity for the kids to do with clean hands
2.
Add the liquid pectin and stir for 3-5 minutes. Pour into a container and place in the fridge to set overnight
3.
Once set, the jam can be stored in the fridge and used within 7 days or frozen and defrosted when required
4.
For the bread, brush a loaf tin with 25g of butter and sprinkle flour around the tin to coat the butter. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Room for a little one
Prepping the loaf tin is a task a child can easily accomplish
5.
Make sure the bread ingredients are at room temperature – this will help the bicarb to raise the dough as it bakes. Alternatively, warm the milk to blood temperature before adding to the mix
6.
In a bowl, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar
7.
Rub the remaining 25g of butter into the flour until the mix resembles breadcrumbs - this should take approximately 4-5 minutes
Room for a little one
Preparing dough is a wonderful skill for children to learn. Show them how to rub butter into the flour, and help them mix in the milk and buttermilk in the next step
8.
Add the buttermilk and milk and mix until it has just come together - be careful not to over mix
9.
Tip and scrape the dough into the prepared tin, cover loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes
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The dough can also be baked in muffin tins for individual soda loaves by reducing the overall baking time to around 20–25 minutes
10.
Remove the foil and continue baking for a further 20-25 minutes, or until done. The cooked loaf should produce a hollow sound when tapped on the base
11.
Slice the soda bread and toast. Spread the jam over the toast and serve
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Ingredients

Strawberry jam

  • 250g of strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered
  • 300g of caster sugar
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 40ml of liquid pectin

Soda bread

  • 250g of wholemeal flour
  • 100g of plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 5g of bicarbonate of soda
  • 3g of salt
  • 5g of caster sugar
  • 50g of butter
  • 250ml of buttermilk
  • 150ml of milk

Equipment

  1. 8 x 24cm loaf tin

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Nutrition (per Portion)

Calories

337
17%

Sugars

37g
41%

Fat

6g
9%

Saturates

3g
16%

Salt

706mg
12%
of an adult's guideline daily amount
This simple soda bread recipe from Adam Bennett is a great family project. Enjoy the fresh-baked bread with the strawberry jam