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    Smoked trout pâté with soda bread

    This simple, zesty pâté can be made a day in advance. It works beautifully with the wholesome, raisin-studded soda bread, any leftovers of which are delicious toasted and spread with salted butter the next day.

    Serves: 6

    Ingredients

    SMOKED TROUT PATE

    • 450g smoked trout fillets

    • 100g soured cream

    • 1½ tsp horseradish sauce

    • 1½ tbsp capers, rinsed and chopped

    • ½ lemon, zest and juice, plus extra zest for garnishing

    • 1 tbsp chopped dill, plus extra for garnishing

     

    OAT, CARAWAY AND RAISIN SODA BREAD

    • 100g raisins

    • 175g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

    • 175g wholemeal flour

    • 100g jumbo rolled oats

    • 1 tsp salt

    • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    • 40g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes

    • 1 tbsp caraway seeds

    • 1 tbsp caster sugar

    • 284ml buttermilk

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. To make the soda bread, soak the raisins in a bowl of water until ready to use. Dust a baking sheet with a little plain flour. Put the flours, oats, salt, bicarbonate of soda and butter in a food processor and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs.

    2. Tip the mixture into a bowl, stir through the caraway seeds, sugar and drained raisins, then make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, stirring until you have a soft dough. Knead lightly and bring together into a round. Place on the baking sheet. Dust the handle of a wooden spoon with a little more flour and use to make a cross on the top of the loaf. Bake for 40 minutes until risen and golden, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

    3. For the pâté, put all the ingredients in a bowl and mash together with a fork until combined. Season and transfer into 6 individual dishes or one large serving dish. Cover with clingfilm and chill until ready to serve.

    4 Remove the pâté from the fridge 15 minutes before serving and garnish with a little more dill and lemon zest. Serve with slices of the soda bread, and some radishes and cornichons, if liked.

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