Spiced carrot soda bread

Full of delicious warming spices and healthy carrots and sultanas this soda bread recipe is perfect for a family teatime treat. The carrots add interesting orange flecks but don't take away from the bready texture. Plus it's really, really easy with no kneading or rising needed. You just stick everything in a bowl and you're done. Well almost.

Occasionally my kids decide that they like carrots, make a big song and dance about it and then eat about half a piece of carrot each. Raw carrots - never. I've boiled them, steamed them, stir fried them, roasted them with honey, spiralised them, even made them into vegetable crisps. You name it, I've tried it. Actually, if you have any interesting carrot based recipes do let me know in the comments, I'd love to try them. Carrot cake always gets eaten however and this was the inspiration for this recipe. I was going to call it carrot cake soda bread but the inclusion of cake and bread in the title kept jarring.  And so spiced carrot soda bread was born. Do try it, it's lovely.

Spiced carrot soda bread recipe

500g plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
300ml plain yoghurt
200ml milk
3 medium carrots, grated
100g sultanas
a handful of oats

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Lightly grease a baking tray or line with baking paper. 

Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices into a large bowl and whisk until combined.

Stir together the yoghurt and milk. Add to the flour mixture. Stir well then stir in the carrots and sultanas.

Scrape the mixture onto the baking tray shaping it as you wish. Sprinkle with oats. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown. Eat within a couple of days.

This recipe is adapted from the basic soda bread recipe in the River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook.

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