Ceylon Tea Soda Bread

sodabreadMain ingredients:

1  Tbs  Ceylon or Assam
1¼  Cups milk
1½  Cups whole wheat flour
1⅔  Cups all-purpose flour
1  Tbs baking powder
1  Tsp  salt
¼  Cups white sugar
6  tbs butter

 

Procedure:

  1. Cube the butter and set it out to soften while you work. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. Measure out 1 tbsp of breakfast tea leaves into a tea strainer
  3. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Once you notice small bubbles around the edge of the saucepan, the milk is hot enough.
  4. Pour the hot milk into a bowl with the tea leaves in the strainer. Let steep for 6 minutes. Take care not to over-steep or the final bread will be bitter.
  5. Remove the tea leaves and discard. Let the milk cool.
  6. As the milk cools, measure out the flours by lightly spooning them into the measuring cup and sweeping the top level. Add the baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  7. Rub the butter into the flour mixture, using your fingers, until the butter pieces are about the size of peas.
  8. Add the milk to the butter and flour mixture. Use your hands to bring the dough together and gently knead for a minute. Shape the mixture into an oval and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Cut an X on top and bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.

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