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Melted goat’s cheese on wholegrain soda bread with a watercress and pomegranate salad recipe

A superfoods recipe with great flavours. Soda bread needs to be eaten when freshly made, but makes good toast the day after and freezes well too.

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  • Serves 2

  • Prep time 15 mins

  • Cooking time 55 mins

  • Total time 1 hr 10 mins

  • Calories 350 per serving

  • Freeze yes
  • Prepare ahead yes

Ingredients

For the soda bread
  • 225g (8oz) strong wholemeal flour
  • 225g (8oz) strong white flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 300ml (½pt) unsweetened soya milk 
  • 100g (4oz) soft goat's cheese
  • 1 x 100g bag watercress
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed (cut fruit half, bash with a rolling pin, squeeze seeds into a bowl)
  • olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to dress the salad 

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C, 200 C fan, 425 F, gas 7. For the bread, sift the flours into a large bowl, adding any grains left in the sieve from the wholemeal. Add the bicarbonate and salt, mix well, then add the soya milk and combine to form a dough. Knead a little to shape into a ball and make a cross with a wooden spoon. Place on a floured baking sheet and cook for 40 to 50 minutes until it's browned and feels hollow when you tap the base. Place on a wire rack to cool.

  2. Once the bread has cooled, cut off 2 slices and top with the goat's cheese. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes or until the cheese has just started to turn soft and golden. 

  3. Meanwhile, mix watercress with the pomegranate seeds and dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serve with the cheese on toast.