Root Vegetable Soup with Irish Soda Bread

A delicious soup AND fresh bread in under an hour? Impossible! you say. However it is possible with a simple soda bread which takes minutes to prepare and bakes in half an hour. Team it with simple vegetable soup and you ll have a delicious hearty meal the family will love.

Ingredients

  1. The Bread
  2. 500 grams flour (I used a malted strong flour but you can use plain)
  3. 5 grams salt
  4. 10 grams bicarbonate of soda
  5. 375 ml milk
  6. 25 ml cider vinegar
  7. The Soup
  8. 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  9. 1 onion
  10. 1 clove garlic
  11. 2 stick celery
  12. 1 medium sweet potato
  13. 2 medium parsnips
  14. 3 small potatos
  15. 500 ml hot water
  16. 1 stock cube (I used chicken)
  17. 1 dash thyme
  18. 1 dash cracked pepper
  19. 1 dash freshly grated nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200° celcius grease a 1-pound loaf tin with some sunflower oil
  2. Mix the flour salt and bicarb in a large bowl Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the milk and vinegar then combine into a wet sticky dough with your hands
  3. Change Place the dough onto a floured surface and work it into a rough ball – itll still look pretty porridge-y but put it into your greased tin and pop the tin into the oven for 30 minutes
  4. Meanwhile heat the rest of the sunflower oil in a saucepan
  5. Peel and chop the onion and put it into the pot over a low heat to soften
  6. Change Peel and chop the garlic and pop it into the pan with the onion Slice the celery and add to the pot with the rest of the flavour-base
  7. Change Whilst the flavour-base is softening peel and chop your root vegetables These can be swapped for your favourite root veggies or whatever you have in the house Add to the softened onion/celery mix
  8. Change Pour enough hot water to cover all the vegetables and stir in your stock cube (or you could use liquid stock instead of a stock cube and water) Add the herbs and season to taste
  9. Turn the heat up and bring the soup to a boil then lower heat and simmer the soup until the root vegetables are soft
  10. Change When your bread is done remove from oven and cool on a wire rack The bread should be a nice deep gold colour
  11. Change Once all the vegetables are soft remove the soup from the heat and purée with a stick blender Once blended ensure you taste the soup again and season to taste
  12. Change Serve the soup with a couple of slices of your delicious bread!

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