I noticed on a cycle a few days ago that the wild garlic is starting to spring up. It’s the perfect find for a foraging newbie as it’s easy to spot in woodlands (look for the wide leaves, small white flowers and the smell of garlic!) and easy to cook with. Why not dig up some bulbs, pick a handful of the leaves and make my wild garlic soda bread this weekend?
A handful of wild garlic leaves, finely chopped
Five wild garlic cloves, finely chopped
200g wholemeal flour
200g bread flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
salt and pepper
Wild garlic soda bread
1. Preheat your oven to 180C/gas 4.
2. Chop the wild garlic cloves finely and fry in olive oil until golden. Add the wild garlic leaves and cook until wilted. Add milk.
3. Blend the flours, salt, pepper and butter with your fingers until you create breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and add the garlic liquid. Mix until you have a ball of dough.
4. On a floured surface, roll the mixture into individual balls and then flatten slightly. Dust with flour, or brush with egg wash and sprinkle with seeds.
5. Bake until golden and eat hot with salted butter.