Nettle and Oatmeal Soup with Bre's Family's Soda Bread

Chef : Bre Carrington-Sykes : Pentre MawrRare Recipe from Bre Carrington-Sykes, Pentre Mawr Country House

Bre likes to give guests at Pentre Mawr meals that are a bit different. She takes her influences from all over the world. Nettle and Oatmeal Soup is popular in Bre's native Ireland; Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert; and the Cape Malay Fish Casserole harks back to holidays in South Africa.


Nettle and Oatmeal soup with Bre's Family's Soda Bread (serves 6)
 

Recipe : Nettle and Oatmeal Soup with Soda Bread : Pentre Mawr (300x250)

INGREDIENTS - SODA BREAD

 

 
  
METHOD - SODA BREAD

  1. Mix dry ingredients together well and stir in buttermilk until you get a consistency dry enough to knead.  Knead well for 5 or 6 minutes or longer if you have the time. 
  2. Take out of the bowl, flatten into a circle and cut a cross into it.
  3. Place it on an floured oven tray and then bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 200 degrees and then 20 minutes at 180 degrees (this will vary with each oven). 
  4. The bread should have a hollow sound when you tap the underside of it, if it is cooked.


INGREDIENTS - NETTLE AND OATMEAL SOUP

 METHOD - NETTLE AND OATMEAL SOUP

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the oatmeal and cook until the mixture is golden brown.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the stock.
  4. Bring to the boil and add the milk.
  5. Bring back to the boil and add the chopped nettles.
  6. Simmer for about 20 minutes remove from the heat and blend. Add salt and pepper as desired.
  7. Serve with home made soda bread.