Deliciously moist but with a lot of the calories cut out.
For this recipe you will need:
6 oz of self raising flour (you can use wholemeal to make it extra healthy, however this one is made with white flour).
6 oz of plain flour.
Salt (half a tsp).
Half tsp bicarbonate of soda.
Half a pint of skimmed milk.
Half tsp of dried grated parmesan.
Chives (fresh is nicer than dried if you can get them).
Half tsp of yeast (I use a ready proofed or instant yeast).
Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
Sieve and mix all the flours and bicarb together in a generously sized mixing bowl.
Make a dip in the centre of the flour and tip in the milk, and then mix briskly. I use a fork for this but you can use a whisk. However, I do find that doughs tend to stick to a whisk.
Traditional recipes for soda bread call for buttermilk and using skimmed is where we take out most of the calories from the bread. You don’t need to compromise on flavour as parmesan is a big flavoured cheese. It may be a full fat cheese but a little goes a really long way. Substituting a little full fat cheese for a lot of whole milk is a great way to skip calories and fat.
Turn out the dough and knead for at least 15 mins.
Allow to proof. I usually leave it for an hour in the utility room where it is nice and warm in a big bowl covered with a wet tea towl. Then form the dough and allow to proof again.
Pop it in the oven for 25-30 mins depending on how crusty you like it and after cooling for half an hour you have skinny soda bread. Serve warm with light cream cheese or with a little olive oil for dipping.
Normal soda bread has about 90 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per 30 gram serving whereas my recipe has about 45 calories and 0.8 grams of fat per serving.