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    Cranberry soda bread

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes

    Makes: 1 small loaf

    Ingredients

    30g unsalted butter, diced
    250g plain flour, plus extra to dust
    75g porridge oats
    100g cranberries
    1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
    ½ tsp nigella seeds
    ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    ¼ tsp salt
    240ml buttermilk

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. In a large mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Set aside 1 tbsp oats and stir the remainder into the bowl. Add the remaining ingredients apart from the buttermilk; stir well to combine.

    2. Using a palette knife or spatula, quickly fold in the buttermilk until just combined. Bring the dough together and tip onto the baking sheet, shaping into a round loaf, about 15cm in diameter. Scatter the top with the reserved oats and dust lightly with flour. Use the floured handle of a wooden spoon to press a deep (5cm) cross into the top of the loaf and bake for 30 minutes, until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature with butter, if liked.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, December 2017 issue. Download the Waitrose Food app for the full issue

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