Monday, 29 January 2018

Haggis Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread with a Scottish Twist. Traditional or Vegetarian Haggis brings a Celtic connection to this quick and easy bread. No kneading, proving or yeast required in this fuss free bake.


Burns Night is all done and dusted for another year, however in this house Haggis is definitely for life, not just the 25th of January. As it happens I've hardly seen my husband - aka Foodie Loon - in the last week. As a Piper it's his busiest time of the year! Although not always at the same time, or in the same place, we did manage to enjoy plenty of haggis throughout the week in various shapes and forms and I shared My Top 10 Haggis Recipes for Burns Night in a a roundup post. No sooner had I published it than I had another idea. Haggis Bread. I'm not much of a bread maker if truth be told but Soda Bread is so quick and easy to make and it proved to be the perfect vehicle to incorporate haggis. I used traditional Haggis but vegetarian would work equally well - as would black pudding.


Soda Bread is perfect when you want bread in a hurry. There's no requirement for yeast or proving as the raising agent is Bicarbonate of Soda. This combined with buttermilk (or soured milk) creates the rise. No need to knead either. Just a gentle mix and shape which must be done as fast as possible as the bicarbonate of soda starts work as soon at it meets the acid of the buttermilk. The only thing to be aware of with Soda Bread is that it doesn't keep very well. Ideally eat it still warm from the oven or later the same day. After that it really does need to be toasted. However in all its variants it's so delicious when freshly baked that you shouldn't have any problems finishing it all off in one sitting! The method I'm using of baking it in a Pyrex Casserole dish is one gleaned from Nigel Slater. It works really well to keep the bread in shape and distribute the heat evenly. 


Haggis Soda Bread 

200g Haggis (traditional or vegetarian) 
225g Stoneground Orkney Beremeal (or wholemeal flour) 
225g plain flour 
½ tsp salt 
1 tsp caster sugar 
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
350ml milk 
1 Tbsp lemon Juice 

Preheat the oven to 220c 
Put a large casserole dish (Pyrex or cast iron) and its lid into the oven. 
Finely chop the Haggis and set a handful aside to sprinkle on the top. 
In a large bowl mix the flours salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together and add the majority of the chopped haggis.
Add the lemon juice to the milk and mix together before pouring into the bowl with the flour mix. 
Working quickly bring the mixture together as a soft dough shaping it into a shallow round loaf about 4cm thick. 
Remove the hot casserole dish from the oven and sprinkle the inside lightly with flour then lower in the dough. 
Brush the top with milk and sprinkle on the reserved chopped Haggis.
Cover the loaf with the lid and return to the oven and bake for 40 minutes, 
Remove from the oven and leave in the dish for for 5 minutes before turning the Haggis Soda Bread out onto a cooling rack.


If you've been bitten by the soda bread bug, try some of these great recipes from my food blogger friends or get creative and make your own sweet or savoury version. The only limit on flavour combinations is your imagination! 


Now for a final farewell to my Haggis logo. It won't be back now until 30th November for St Andrew's day. Unless I can think of a suitable Scottish occasion to wheel it out for between now and then...



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6 comments :

  1. What a creative Burns Night recipe! But then, you're a master of those :). Soda bread does indeed sound like a great vehicle for haggis. I love my veggie haggis!

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  2. Oh I really like the sound and look of this, so delicious!

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  3. I have a haggis which I sent and ni idea what to do with it so perhsps I should try your wonderful looking soda bread🙂 Thanks for linking to mine!

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  4. Now I never thought of putting haggis in bread, but it sounds very delicious.

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  5. This sounds delicious, I have never even tried haggis but the veggie one always looks good to me. I will seek one out to make this with!

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  6. Such a creative yet simple recipe, a slice of this bread is almost like a complete sandwich, no need to add anything. Pinned onto my Bread Board. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare:)

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