Former Bake Off cham­pion Nadiya Hus­sain with a sim­ple sweet bread to share with friends and fam­ily

BBC Good Food - - Update -

Caramel soda bread

Soda bread is my go-to on a week­end. There’s no knead­ing and no prov­ing. Just mix, bake, sit back and wait long enough so it won’t scald your mouth, then eat! Tra­di­tion­ally, it’s made in large loaves, but I’m cook­ing this in a slab, with oozy caramel in the cen­tre and choco­late in­side and on top.

MAKES 12 squares PREP 20 mins COOK 30 mins EASY V

340g plain flour, plus ex­tra for dust­ing ½ tsp bi­car­bon­ate of soda

25g caster sugar

100g dark choco­late, chopped

(or choco­late chips)

290ml but­ter­milk (or 290ml whole milk, with 3 tbsp lemon juice mixed in) 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste 12 choco­late-cov­ered caramels

1 tsp co­coa, for dust­ing

75g dark choco­late, melted

1 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Have a bak­ing tray ready dusted with a lit­tle flour.

2 Put the flour, bi­carb, sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and choco­late in a large bowl and mix to­gether. If you don’t have but­ter­milk, mix the milk and lemon juice and leave for 5 mins to thicken. Mix the vanilla paste into the but­ter­milk.

3 Make a well in the cen­tre of the dry in­gre­di­ents and add the but­ter­milk and vanilla paste, us­ing a palette knife to bring the dough to­gether. 4 Drop the dough into the cen­tre of the pre­pared bak­ing tray. Us­ing floured hands, flat­ten it to a square roughly 25 x 25cm.

5 Us­ing a sharp knife, por­tion into 12 squares, mak­ing sure to cut all the way down. Push a choco­late caramel gen­tly down into the cen­tre of each square.

6 Put the tray in the oven for 30 mins.

7 Once the bread is baked, leave it on the tray for 10 mins. Dust with co­coa and driz­zle with the melted choco­late.

PER SERV­ING 238 kcals • fat 8g • sat­u­rates 5g • carbs 35g • sug­ars 11g • fi­bre 3g • pro­tein 5g • salt 0.39g

Recipe adapted fromNadiya’s Fam­ily Favourites (£20, Michael Joseph). Nadiya trav­els to Thai­land and Cam­bo­dia in a two-part spe­cial, Nadiya’s Asian Odyssey, on BBC One this month Pho­to­graphs © Chris Terry.

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