Golden Butternut Squash Soup and Farmhouse Soda Bread

The recipe this month on my Great British Bake Off calendar is Farmhouse Soda Bread which me and my sister decided to make one day for tea before she went back to university. I really enjoy having someone to bake with. Its beginning to feel very autumnal all of a sudden so it seemed appropriate to pair the soda bread with butternut squash soup from Easy Everyday: Simple Recipes for No Fuss Food.

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Soup and bread

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Delicious soda bread, good crust!

Golden Butternut Squash Soup

This soup is brilliantly easy to knock together as all you do is chop all the ingredients, saute then simmer with stock and its ready in under an hour.

Serves 4

  • 1 kg butternut squash, peeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1.2 litres chicken or vegetable stock
  • sea salt and fresh black pepper

Cut the squash in half lengthways and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 2cm pieces.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the squash, onions and garlic (we also added in one chilli at this point for a bit of kick) and saute over a low heat for ten minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.

Using a hand-held blender, blitz the soup until smooth and creamy. Season and serve.

Farmhouse Soda Bread

  • 450g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 350ml buttermilk

A non-stick baking tray

Heat the oven to 220C.

Sieve the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour the buttermilk into the well and mix into the dry ingredients with your hands, to make a soft, slightly sticky, rough looking dough.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a ball. Set it on a baking tray and gently flatten so it is 3-4cm high. Using a knife score the dough with a cross. Dust with flour and bake for about 35 mins until golden brown. To test if the loaf is cooked, tap underneath with your knuckles. If it sounds hollow it is ready. If it gives a dull thud bake for a few minutes longer and test again. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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