I recently came across a recipe that brought me back to the good old days of when I earned my crust by baking bread for a living!
My very first baking job (many moons ago now), required me to make an odd looking bread that went by the name of Scofa!
It was indeed a funny looking loaf, that I was always loathe to try. I am not sure if this was down to a youthful fear of the unknown, or whether I was unaware of what was actually in it (it was made from a ready made premix, my input was to add water, mould the dough and bake the stuff).
But now, all these years later, I now know what I was making all that time ago. Better still, I now know how to make it from scratch and enjoy the fruits (or loaves) of my labour in comfort of my own home with minimal effort .
The ingredients consist of the following.
* 500grams of plain white flour.
* 1 teaspoon of salt.
*2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.
*400 grams of natural yoghurt.
* A splash or two of milk.
Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the yoghurt and bind together with either your hand or a wooden spoon. If the dough has not come together properly (if there is still dry flour in the bowl), add the milk as required.
Once the dough is together, take it out of the bowl and knead for no more than a minute or two. Mould it into a round shape and flatten down with your hand. Sprinkle a little flour on top, score the loaf twice with a sharp knife (in a cross shape) and pop it in the oven.
Bake for 45 minutes at 200 Celsius and allow to cool.
This really is a lovely loaf! Nothing like the tasteless, mass produced rubbish that adorns the shelves of our supermarkets. It actually has flavour and texture!
Its good for sandwiches, toasted, with jam or beans dolloped on top, or with nothing more than a good smearing of butter. An added bonus is that all the kids agree that it tastes good.
So there it is. Do not just read about it and forget about it. Take yourself of to the kitchen and give it a go. Go on. Consider yourself ordered. : )
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