Honey and Walnut Soda Bread

Ingredients: 200g. shelled walnuts

200g. honey

300ml water

500g. wholemeal flour (or half wholemeal/spelt,half white for a slightly lighter loaf)

4 tsp. baking powder

10g. salt

Place a dutch oven over the fire to pre-heat. Crush half the walnuts to a rough powder in a pestle and mortar or bash/roll with a log inside a bag. Break the rest of the walnuts into largish chunks.Heat the honey and water gently until the honey has dissolved and set aside to cool slightly.Combine the flour,all the walnuts,baking powder and salt in a bowl.Pour in the ‘honey water’ and mix to a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board and shape into a rounded loaf.Place into the oiled and pre-heated dutch oven, cutting a deep cross through the top.Put the oven lid on and cover with embers.

Check after about 20 minutes but it shouldn’t take longer than about 30 minutes.IMG_3240_sThis recipe makes a lovely, rich and filling loaf which is best eaten straight away or within a day.

I’ve given all the measurements for the ingredients here but  I’ve found,over time, that it’s useful to adapt recipes to proportions and get to know how much your particular bits of kit hold,eg. my kuksa holds 1/4pt (150ml) of liquid and just over 4 oz (100g.) of flour.Don’t let precise measurements hold you back from experimenting!IMG_3244_s

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