A group of children from our local school visited to learn how people lived 100 – 150 years ago. The paraffin lamps and the fresh soda bread baked on the open fire, were a big hit! We were delighted to be part of their history project.
The children were facinated by many aspects of the cottage and the lives of those who lived there in the past. Were did they wash? how many bedrooms? and where did they go to use the toilet?
The baking of a soda bread cake on the open fire was the real highlight of the visit. Few of the chilrden could imagine the amount of work and the few comforts that such a home contained in times past. The recipe for the soda bread was simple but the recipe for baking it in a metal oven surrounded by hot coals was more tricky!
4 cups of white flour
1 teaspoon of bread soda
A pinch of salt
1 ounce of butter
Buttermilk (to create a soft dough)
Baking take about 40 minutes.