Caramel Soda Bread Tear and Share

This genius recipe from Nadiya's Family Favourites turns a basic soda bread into an irresistible chocolate and caramel treat. Watch it disappear as soon as it comes out of the oven!

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Introduction

Soda bread is my go-to on a weekend. It’s the fastest type of bread to make and eat. There is no kneading and no proving. Just mix, bake, sit back and wait long enough for it not to scald your mouth, then eat! Traditionally it’s made in large loaves, but I’m treating this slightly differently and cooking it in a slab, with oozy caramel in the centre and lots of chocolate inside and on top.

Makes 12 squares
Easy
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 50 min

Ingredients

340g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
25g caster sugar
½ tsp salt
100g dark chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)
290ml buttermilk (or 290ml whole milk, with 3 tbsp lemon juice mixed in)
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
12 chocolate-covered caramels
1 tsp cocoa, for dusting
75g dark chocolate, melted

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. Have a baking tray ready and dusted with a little flour.

Put the flour, bicarb, sugar, salt and chocolate into a large bowl and mix together.

If you have buttermilk that’s great, but if not you can make it using milk and lemon juice. If you leave the mixture for 5 minutes, it should thicken. Mix the vanilla paste into the buttermilk.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, then use a palette knife to bring the dough together.

Drop the dough into the centre of the prepared baking tray. Using floured hands, flatten it to a square roughly 25 x 25cm.

Using a sharp knife, portion into 12 squares, making sure to cut all the way down. In the centre of each square add a soft caramel and push down gently into the centre.

Put the tray into the oven for 30 minutes.

Once the bread is baked, leave it on the tray for 10 minutes. Dust with cocoa and drizzle with the melted chocolate.

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